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Hochosterwitz Castle (also known as Burg Hochosterwitz) is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. It is situated on a 160 m (525 ft) Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Léngsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia. The site was first mentioned in a 860 deed of King Louis the German, where it was called Astarwiza (its name being of Slovenian origin). In the 11th century the castle had been a fiefdom granted by the Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg to the Spanheim noble family in return for their support during the Investiture Controversy. The Counts of Spanheim, meanwhile Dukes of Carinthia, bestowed upon the family of Osterwitz the hereditary office of the cup-bearer in 1209. In the 15th century, the last cup-bearer of Osterwitz was captured in a Turkish invasion and died in prison without leaving descendants. Possession of the castle then reverted to Emperor Frederick III.

In his book Change the Austro-American psychologist Paul Watzlawick renders a popular tale of the siege of the castle by Margarete Maultasch ("Mouth Bag"), countess of Tyrol (1318-1369). According to legend, first noted by the medieval chronicler Jakob Unrest and later by Jacob Grimm, Margarete's forces were deceived and withdrew when the garrison of the castle slaughtered its very last ox, filled it with corn and threw it over the wall, pretending it still has got plenty of food in stock. The scene is also described in the book Die héssliche Herzogin (The Ugly Duchess) by Lion Feuchtwanger.

Simple drawbridges may be found in short canal crossings, where the lifting mechanism is a pair of overhead beams with counterweights that are not a part of the bridge's load bearing structure.

The most common type of drawbridge consists of a wooden platform with one fixed side (normally with a hinge), and the other side attached to the wall from a floor higher than the drawbridge.

In the Middle Ages, drawbridges were often used to allow or deny access across a moat or ditch. They could be let down to allow people across, or pulled up to deny entry into the castle.

Source: wikipedia.org


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