from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A barrier or outwork in front of a fortress.
- n. The bar of a tribunal.
- n. A hindrance or obstruction.
- n. The inclosure within which knightly encounters took place. Hence Hostility; contention; strife.
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But she, I mean Catharine Glover, is contracted, and presently to be wedded, to Henry the armourer, a craftsman unequalled for skill, and a man at arms yet unmatched in the barrace.
“Deil a fear — deil a fear; I will bring him in to the barrace myself,” said Norman, “assuredly.”
Kinfauns, knight, will justify this cartel in knightly weapons, within the barrace; or, if any one of meaner birth shall deny what is here said, he shall be met with by a citizen of the Fair City of Perth, according to his degree.
But he was prevented by Simon Glover, who, with other burgesses of consideration, had now entered the barrace.
"Deil a fear -- deil a fear; I will bring him in to the barrace myself," said Norman, "assuredly."
And if any one of knightly degree shall say that this our act is wrongfully done, I, Patrick Charteris of Kinfauns, knight, will justify this cartel in knightly weapons, within the barrace; or, if any one of meaner birth shall deny what is here said, he shall be met with by
"And are their lives more precious," asked Albany, "than those of nobles and gentlemen who by your Grace's license are so frequently admitted to fight in barrace, either for the satisfying of disputes at law or simply to acquire honour?"