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© 1997 Lawrence I. Charters

What would a traditional castle be without a drawbridge? This structure, complete with iron counterweights, was designed to raise the bridge in a hurry, forcing any attacking force to contend with either the moat or, on the opposite side of Gripsholm Castle, Lake Mälaren itself. Scanned from a photographic print. © 1997 Lawrence I. Charters