Medieval Castles Essay

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Medieval Castles and their Interior

     Although it is thought that medieval times were barbaric they too enjoyed many comforts we still do today. There is much more to the castle then its’ size or the stone arches inside which are still used in many homes today. Castles today are still flocked to by millions of people every year. Sometimes you even see copies of castles right here in the U.S.A but they are not quite the same. Although they were originally built to protect the King, Castles became more and more popular among other nobles as well. Each family castle had their own special design and touch but most castles of medieval times had a lot
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The upper floors of the house were made of wood so it could be easily supported. Most of the floors were left bare because the carpets were hung on the wall or used for table coverings. “The floors of a castle were usually strewn with herbs and flowers to mask the collection of beer, bones and excrement of dogs left on the floor” (Gies 60). This nasty stuff would sometimes be left there for weeks at a time hence the flowers and herbs.
     The great room a place for entertaining, dining, and sleeping. Even though so much went on in this room it was sparsely furnished. It would have some large tables for feasting, a few chairs, and cupboards for dishware, barrels and some chests for other storage. It was also said that the bigger chair you had at the dinner table the higher you were in rank. This then gave the lord and the lady the biggest chairs.
In the upper floors of the castle the walls would have been painted. The colors they used were reds, green, yellows and sometimes blue. These were the only available colors for decorating the castle interior at the time. In some castles they would often have the color gold but mostly you would find this in the chapel. The color of the house was most often seen in the painted clothes that hung on the wall. These clothes were used to decorate but also served as good insulation in the rather drafty castle (Singman 131).
     The next rooms were

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