The reverse side of life in the castles since the Middle Ages
Do not be fooled by all the movies that are sometimes portrayed as the Medieval "golden time". Not to mention the peasants, everyday even nobility, who just owned the castle, did not look like non-stop festivals and vivid fights. Life in the locks, even for the upper class, was not at all comfortable. Why are only through dank, dark and gloomy room, lighted with a smoky candle and stench everywhere in locks aristocrats. So fast forward to one of them ...
1. The total stench
Because of the toilets, which is simply a hole in the floor, as well as due to lack of hygiene smelled really badly in the lower classes in the castles. Fresh water and bath were a bit of a luxury. In addition, among the lower classes it was very common disease, and although rich lords could easily afford a doctor, the average inhabitant of the castle would have to rely on except on herbal infusions.
2. Toilets - easier than you can imagine
In the medieval times to celebrate the natural need to come on a long bench with a lot of holes for defecation. wastes fell down into the cesspool, and it all ended. And, of course, no privacy during the process.
3. No Privacy
Locks may seem a fortress from the outside, but open and airy layout inside left little room for privacy, especially for workers. The owners of the castle were private rooms in which you can change clothes and bathe, but all the others who lived in the castle, were forced to close to each other to spend days and nights. Also, in most of the castle rooms it was very dark and dingy.
3. A typical castle more than 100 people could hold
A few people think that the "service" Lords and perform daily routines in the castle needed a whole army of servants. And once again - all of these people live in close quarters without any privacy features.
4. Conclusion sent into the prison, and often tortured
Prisoners often were kept in the deepest and darkest "bowels" of the medieval castle in a very deplorable conditions. And the problem was not only the conditions of detention, they were also subjected to terrible torture. A German researcher said that torture was intended not only to torment the victim but also for the "purification of the soul." Many believed that the only way to cleanse the body of his sins - it's a pain.
5. The rats in the houses of
The dark, wet and cold environment - perfect breeding ground for rats. Thus, those who lived in the castle, the default lived with rats. Moreover, it contributed to the spread of disease, rats were also used to torture objectionable.
6. Drink is easily accessible and is very common
Alcoholic beverages (be it wine, beer or ale) were a regular feature of medieval meal. Of course, to know, and the servants were drinking alcohol at different quality. It is interesting that alcohol was a kind of necessity during this time, as the water was often contaminated and therefore not suitable for drinking. Then people do not know that you can just boil the water, so we were always "on the fly".
7. The day began at dawn
Sunlight was one of the deciding factors of what happened in the castle. Even day meager light that falls in through the small window, barely enough for the majority of cases at home. So they had to get up at dawn to get everything done to their masters. In the medieval town were all roughly divided into five main roles: the clergy, the noble class or the royal family, as well as the lower class: merchants, artisans and workers. Those who were not noble or royal family member, getting up with the sun, because their goal was to "manage" the city for all the others.
8. Bathing in wooden baths
Contrary to what many people think about the Middle Ages, people like to take a bath, just not always easy to gain access to clean water and bath. Inside the castle is often installed wooden tub, which could be moved from room to room. Sanitation is not even remotely smelled, but people were happy if they had access to at least a bath.
9. It was very dark and very cold
Castles in the Middle Ages largely built and stone, not for comfort and protection from enemies. They were gigantic stone fortress with small windows and narrow. Stone is not exactly helped the warmth inside, and small windows let in little sunlight, and most of the rooms in the castle were very dark and cold. And by the way, do not forget the constant dampness.
10. Pompous holidays
Constant pump may have been a bit annoying, especially for people from the lower class, which does all the work for the preparation of all the holidays and parties. Abundant treats and fanciful dishes were the norm in a medieval castle. Naturally, the table servants were not allowed, and lay on their shoulders responsibility for food preparation. And here at the table we sat at the head of Lord and Lady, as relatives and guests and servants were huddled somewhere "away from sin." Of course, the fact that the maid cooked for serving, she was forbidden to eat.
11. Lunch was served in a large hall in accordance with the status of
In medieval times, people sitting at the table in accordance with their level of "important." Lord and Lady sat at the head table, and the food served to them at first. It could be true gourmet dishes with exotic spices. Food for the "less important" visitors to lunch would be much less extravagant, and these people planted in the dark and the cold end of the long table.
12. Ongoing work
All people living in the castle, had their own responsibilities. Mostly, they had to make sure that the Lord, Lady, and numerous members of their families were well-fed and feel comfortable, but they also had to deal with the daily routine work in the castle. Lord and Lady were engaged in political issues and make important decisions regarding their land and defend the castle, about everything else they do not even have thought of.
13. The floors were covered with reeds and grasses that hide dirt
As part of the ongoing battle for cleanliness in the castle, and at least some freshness on the floor scattered reeds and grass. This is done to dry herb helps absorb and retain all fluids (and solids), which fell to the floor during the day. We are talking about beer, fat, spitting scraps, feces of dogs and cats, and so on. D.
14. The constant danger of fire in the kitchen
In the first half of the Middle Ages cuisine is mainly built of wood. However, given what is going on inside the kitchen when the electricity is still simply do not (for example, cooking meals on an open fire), wood in was not the smartest choice as a construction material. Kitchen in the locks regularly burned, and soon they began to build a stone.
15. The mandatory chapel
Any respectable medieval castle needed one - the chapel, where the Lord and his family could attend morning mass. Most often, it was built perpendicular to the rectangular great hall, and some chapels and all were double-decker to the Lord and his family during the service were above the common people.