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postern

1. a back door or gate, esp one that is for private use
2. situated at the rear or the side

postern

postern, 2
1. A minor, often inconspicuous, entry.
2. A small door near a larger one.
3. Any small door or gate, esp. one far from the main gate in a fortified place.
4. Same as sally port.
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Hiding the skiff as best he could in some tangled bushes which grew to the water's edge, set there by order of the King to add to the beauty of the aspect from the river side, De Vac crept warily to the postern and, unchallenged, entered and sought his apartments in the palace.
A great peacock strutted proudly across the walk before them, and, as Richard ran, childlike, after it, Lady Maud hastened on to the little postern gate which she quickly unlocked admitting her lover who had been waiting without.
De Vac turned their steps toward the little postern gate, but when he would have passed through with the tiny Prince the latter rebelled.
De Vac clapped his hand over the child's mouth to still his cries, but it was too late, the Lady Maud and her lover had heard, and in an instant they were rushing toward the postern gate, the officer drawing his sword as he ran.
It seemed that when the Lady Maud had not returned to the palace with Prince Richard at the proper time, the Queen had been notified and an immediate search had been instituted--a search which did not end for over twenty years; but the first fruits of it turned the hearts of the court to stone, for there beside the open postern gate lay the dead bodies of Lady Maud and a certain officer of the Guards, but nowhere was there a sign or trace of Prince Richard, second son of Henry III of England, and at that time the youngest prince of the realm.
A UNESCO Heritage site, the cit is a remarkable defensive structure with barbican, dry moat, outer and inner walls, inaccessible watch-towers, posterns, loopholes and arrow slits.
A UNESCO Heritage site, the site is a remarkable defensive structure with barbican, dry moat, outer and inner walls, inaccessible watchtowers, posterns, loopholes and arrow slits.