Why do we make castles romantic?

Why do we make castles romantic?  Castles, the home of choice in the 12th through 15th  centuries, were drafty, big, and the bathroom was a smelly hole.

Taking a bath?  It took three or four servants, lugging pans of warm water for hours to fill up the tub. Baths were only taken once a week; manly men took them twice a month. Baths were considered unhealthy.  Heat was created by fireplaces in every room. Forget heat in the halls, people had to quick step it through the halls to the next fireplace. In the summer the interior rooms were the coolest, but everyone still had to wear three or four layers of clothes. Two words people, No Deodorant.

Eating in the main dining hall with the dogs, pigs and occasional goat was considered normal. Animals making a mess on the floor? No problem. Throw down some hay and some dried herbs to freshen up the place.  Silverware was optional, fingers were useful dining utensils. Everyone  had a small dagger for cutting food and maybe a spoon for soup.

 So here you have stinky, dirty, drafty, hot in the summer, cold in the winter castles. But, we still think they are romantic, because at the end of the day we don’t have to live in the stinky, dirty, drafty, comfort challenged castle! We can go home to our nice clean smelling, temperature controlled homes and romanticize the silly castles. I think that Dracula would have jumped at the chance to stay at The Ritz or at even a Ramada Inn. No holes in the walls, and he can sleep in a comfy bed instead of a cramped coffin!

If you went back in time to Scotland, England or even France and introduced a flush toilet, you know what would happen?

Burned at the stake!!!

So, peeps, next time you see a picture of a castle remember one thing, no flush toilets!

Why do you think we romanticized castles? Is it from all the wonderful romance books? Or do we not dwell on the daily aspects of castle life, because we need the fantasy? And is it just women who think castles are wonderful?

Give me your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.


About Shellie Sakai

Reading is a passion. Storytelling is an obsession. Writing is inevitable.
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4 Responses to Why do we make castles romantic?

  1. Kerry Meacham says:

    I can already see you’ll be a great critic when I go to world building. Guys think castles are cool, but maybe not really romantic. Lots of hidden rooms, weapons and such. Congrats on your first blog. I still haven’t started mine, but I’m getting closer.

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      Thanks for the comment. And yes guys love castles. Its the big manly man thing! Let me know when you have your blog up!

  2. castles have been romanticized since my great, great ( ad infinitum ) uncle freddie built the first stone castle ~~ as fortresses, the isrealites had pretty good luck seeing them come down, and then we had the hanging gardens one of the 7 wonders of the world..those hanging plants hung from: you guessed it, big stone buildings, 30 Rock, i think they called it. little wonder they have been idealized for their strength as defensive works, and hey, the normans turned them into some pretty good housing for all their masseuses and milking maids with low bodices….

    now, as far as modern day idealization, they are architectural masterpieces, some of them anyway. i mean who wants to see a big pile of rubble reminiscent of the Flintsones?

    as far as toilets, cavemen had no toilets, the romans used sponges and olive oil on a stick, and the Babylonians had some guy named Joe deliver Port-A-Johns… i’ve always wondered why they weren’t called Port -A -Joes

    maybe that can be your next article? “Why do you think Port A Johns Weren’t More Popular at County Fairs in the Late 17 C. and Early 18C in Lincoln County Nebraska?”

    I must go now, my milking maid says her bodice is flapping wildly, and needs me to see if it’s “in proper working order”

    I Tweet at http://twitter.com/Samuel_Clemons

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      I don’t think port-a-johns are popular even today! I know I avoid them like the.. ah.. plague. And I forgot the bodices. Thanks for your comment!
      I bow to your superior castle knowledge, Sir Samuel of the Ferret clan.

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