- from Knights & Castles
As a place to live, a castle was much better than the tiny huts of the peasants or the crowded houses of village merchants and craftspeople. But it was not perfect.
Castles were cold, damp, and drafty. Some rooms had fireplaces, but not all did. Carpets covered walls—not floors—and helped keep out the cold. Everyone sat on hard wooden benches, except the very richest lords and ladies, who sat on chairs.
The great hall was the busiest place in the castle. Here, lords and ladies did business, ate most of their meals, and relaxed with friends, family, and visitors. On special occasions, the room became a banquet hall for entertaining guests.
Today is one of those special occasions, so let’s find a seat at a table.