Monday, September 29, 2008

St. John's Gate

This may be London's last standing model of a medieval city gate. Wikipedia tells us it protected the priory of the Knights of St. John, aka the Knights Hospitalers. (The vestiges of these crusading monk-knights are seen today in the St. John Ambulance, headquartered by the gate.) One look at this gate and one gets the sense of how hard it would have been, with the war-fighting technology of the time, to attack a fortified city--a suicide mission for so many soldiers.

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