Medieval castles were the start of the modern age. They had forms of government, and everyone had a specific job. It was, however, still primitive to modern standards, because they still had a King and Queen and no indoor plumbing. This blend of primitive and modern makes medieval castle life an interesting and intriguing time to live.
A medieval castle usually had five main buildings: The hall, the kitchen, barracks/living quarters/supply buildings, water rooms, and a chapel. The chapel was the most influential and sacred place of the entire castle. Usually the chapel would be two stories tall to separate the royal family from servants. The royal family would be on the second floor while the servants would be on the ground floor. If the royal family was especially rich their room was connected with the upper level of the chapel. It was proper for the royal family to wake up and go to morning mass every day. While the royal family would be in morning mass the servants would be making breakfast, and mass usually lasted around an hour on a normal day. The royal family usually woke up between ten A.M. to eleven A.M. while the servants woke up much earlier. The chapel was always connected with the main hall for easy access to the servants and whoever was in the main hall.
The hall is the most important part of the whole castle. It is where the major dealings of the castle happened as well as where meals took place and everyone could go to the hall. The hall was easily accessible to the people and usually resided on the ground or second floor. It was the biggest room in the castle and was also connected to the royal living quarters just as the church was. The common folk would enter the hall through a door on the sid…
…side of the building on the wall like a fireplace. They would use a chimney structure to collect the smoke and would expel it through the roof. The fireplace is still in use today.Life in a medieval castle was luxurious compared to peasant life at the time. Still, life in a medieval castle is very interesting and quite challenging. Being king would be the best job. If you were a servant, however, you would sleep on the floor of the king’s room or wake up early and prepare his food. Life of a servant would be a hard life but still better than those outside the castle. You should be thankful that you are not a servant and do not live in medieval times.
Life in a Medieval Castle. Thomas L. Jeffery. Jan. 14. 2014.
Castle Life Living in a Medieval Castle. Jan. 20. 2014.