Medieval Castles & Castle Life By Marisa Carrasco
Moat/ditch: used to keep enemies out and was sometimes polluted with human waste products. Drawbridge: bridge used to get across the moat. Curtain: the wall around all the main towers inside. Gatehouse: the doorway in the curtain that was protected by being made out of heavy wood and metal to keep enemies out. Towers: allowed people to look out for enemies. They were also used as a place to keep prisoners. Keep: the highest point of the castle. It’s also the safest and most secure from any attack. Parts of the Castle
Parts of the Castle 2 Kitchen/Great Halls: where the food was prepared and then where it was served for the lord and his family. Stables: were used for the livestock such as horses and chickens. Chapel: could be found in one of the towers or the gatehouses. It was used by the lord and his family even though there was a chapel for the public. Houses: were built for some of the workers and servants of the castle.
Castle Life: Hygiene Baths were said not to be taken, but they bathed regularly in wooden bathtubs. When it was warm, baths were taken in the garden. When it was cold, they were taken by a fire in the castle. In some castles there were pipes that carried hot and cold water throughout the castle.
Plumbing Clean water was placed in a bowl called the latrine which was their form of a toilet. There was no such thing as indoor plumbing so pipes throughout the castle brought fresh water to each level. For warm water, it was boiled over a fire before being used. Most of the waste from the latrines were filtered out into the moat of the castle.
The Kitchen The kitchen was one of the most important rooms in the house. Not only was it used for cooking food but it was used to heat water for bathing and washing clothes. The kitchen required plenty of staff because it was in use almost every hour of every day.
Dungeons The prison (dungeon) was located near or in the main gatehouse to keep enemies form having easy access to free prisoners. To make the stay for prisoners uncomfortable, they would build the dungeons in dark cold places.
Weather in the Castle During winter the castle was extremely cold and damp. Even during the summer the castle was damp, but it was hot and humid. The castles walls tended to keep in the moisture of the air from outside.
People of the Castle The main people are the kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Workers such as knights, cooks, black- smiths, watchmen, messengers, scribes, and nurses were very important to the castle.
Parties Parties were a normal thing for royal families. Most of the main events were held in the dining hall. Cooks, servants, and jesters were a must for the party to be successful.
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