Medieval Castle Attack & Defence - The Escalade

Escalade - this is the act of scaling defensive castle walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders. The defenders of the castle would use hooks and spears to dislodge the ladders. A well designed castle would have a plan in place to deter this form of attack and the simplest of these was a moat or a machicolation.

Ultimately using the escalade as a form of attack proved too expensive and difficult to implement in all but the weakest castle sieges.