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Historical Examples

After these maternal cares, Marjory sat and listened to the proceedings in the ballium of the Castle.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume III Various

It stands in a ballium or court, surrounded by a moat and an embankment.
Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present John Timbs

We next approach, the ballium, or castle yard through the Porter’s Lodge of two towers with a portcullis.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction. Various

From the dark shadows of the ballium, they passed into the moonlit inner court.
The Outlaw of Torn Edgar Rice Burroughs

Barrels of salt meat and flour and ale were rolled up the ballium by the stalwart arms of the bows and bills; arms destined, alas!
The Siege of Norwich Castle Matilda Maria Blake

High walls with an embattled parapet surround the lower court, or ballium, which we enter by a gate defended by strong towers.
English Villages P. H. Ditchfield

Barney and the girl remounted and the little cavalcade moved forward through the ballium and the great gate into the court beyond.
The Mad King Edgar Rice Burroughs

Both these castles are enclosed by a court or ballium, with a fortified entrance, like those erected by the Normans.
View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3) Henry Hallam

Matilda flew out of the room, and was in an instant in the ballium.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various


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