Medieval History Term of the Week: Corbel

Corbel - Medieval Architecture - Cathedrals - CastlesCorbel
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from diminutive of corp raven, from Latin corvus — more at raven

1) A stone or timber bracket supporting a projection from a wall. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 225)

2) Projecting stone used to support a timber beam or joint of a roof or floor. (Kenyon, John R. Medieval Fortifications, 211)

*term definitions retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (
**image comes from Dictionary of French Architecture from 11th to 16th Century (1856) by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc

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