a medieval minute: beds

Subject for a novel?

Subject for a novel?

Beds were so expensive and valued in middle and upper-class households that they often appear in wills. Beds had canopies, curtains, sheets, pillows, and blankets. The curtains could be embroidered with the family crest or a design. During the daytime, curtains in beds with that weren’t totally enclosed hung in bags from the canopies. The beds had headboards, but no footboards. Mattresses consisted of feathers, wool, hay, or bedstraw. Poorer people couldn’t afford beds and made do with pallets or straw mattresses.

Note the bag for the bed curtains.

Note the bag for the bed curtains.

A bag for bed curtains is shown here, but there is much more going on.

A bag for bed curtains is shown here, but there is much more going on.


Read more about bed curtains in my latest novel, The Viscountess and the Templars.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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