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?
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