The main room of most
medieval castles is the entrance hall. It was usually on the second
floor for extra security but was sometimes built on the ground level.
Some of the earlier hall were built
very similar to churches because they had rows of stone and/or wooden
pillars to support the wood roof. The windows were supported by iron bars
and had wooden shutters. However until the 13th century they were rarely
glazed, but by the 14th century window glazing was common.
Although carpets were used on walls and tables, all of the floors
were stone. There were other structures such as kitchens and chapels (all
castles were expected to have beautiful and huge chapels) which varied in
size and shape. However the hall was the key structure for every castle.
Life in a medieval castle although made to appear
glamorous in fairy tales was not very pretty at all. In fact it was
quite messy. Every meal was eaten with bare hands because there was
no utensils. To clean yourself you would have fill a freezing tub with
freezing water and soak in it. Finally to top it all off castles were always key targets
for attack so you would have to be on the lookout 24\7. so if you still
think that you would enjoy life in a medieval castle, think again!
Created by Chris H.and Stephen H.