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Something Interesting About The Medival Castles.

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Something Interesting About The Medival Castles.

The “Middle Ages”or Medieval period lasted for about 1000 years from the fall of Rome till the Renaissance. But that was only in Europe. In the rest of the world things were much different.

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Something Interesting About The Medival Castles.

Something you’ll notice if you look at castle floor plans versus their supposed peace- and wartime occupancy is that there aren’t enough ‘bedrooms’ or barracks to provide a place to sleep for everyone. This is because very few people in a castle had the luxury of having their own bedroom and if they did they usually had several more people such as attendants, squires or lady’s in waiting sleeping in it too.

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Castle's Hall.

The furniture in something like the great hall largely consisted of trestle tables and benches which could easily be shoved away to turn the great hall from a dining to a dancing hall. At night it was simply a matter of bringing in straw mattresses and covers and everyone could sleep in the great hall.

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The kitchen in the castle.

Modern authors claim the kitchen was something of a favourite as it was heated well and remained warm in winter; the great hall typically also had heating. A straw mattress can actually be pretty comfortable and provided the room is still somewhat warm it wouldn’t necessarily have been that cold either.

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The master bedroom.

A general theme in terms of housing running through the course of the Middle Ages is increased privacy though. Technologies such as fireplaces allowed for an increasingly great number of rooms to be individually heated putting more distance between the higher and lower ranking members of the household. By the late Middle Ages even some towers had fireplaces in them. Even in commoner households things changed with the adoption of multiple floors and smoke bays.

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Something Interesting About The Medival Castles.

Most of the people didn't live in the castle. The servants were tenant farmers that lived in hovels on the land they were assigned to work. They seldom went to the castle, except for refuge in times of war. Then things could get even more crowded and unsanitary. Castles did have a lot of staff, various servants, cooks, maids, etc. They slept where they could, in the great hall, the kitchen, the stables. They might also live in the village that would be around the castle.

If you had some rank or status, you might have a personal space for yourself and your personal servants.

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Later, as the small forts became castles, and the wealthier lords built larger castles, the village around the castle might get a wall about it as well, and become a town.

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Servants were the lowest rung on the social ladder though, and remained there, unless they went into service, or the army. Minor aristocrats, townsmen, and villagers usually had their own shops, and houses, where they lived in extended families, with their own apprentices and staff.

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Small Medival Fort.

A fort owned by some minor knight, or other person with a title, might be quite simple. While the larger towns and cities we're much more elaborate. Some places like Italy were much more civilized, other lands more barbaric. Many people just lived rough in the wilds, or in small family holdings, or as nomadic herders, or laborers, miners, stone cutters, etc. They went where their work took them. They lived in tents, or caravans, caves, or rough shacks. As best they could manage. Most of Europe, at that time was virgin forest. Monasteries and convents had their own organization.

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