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Beds during early middle ages

Discussion in 'Research' started by Bearman1, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Bearman1

    Bearman1 Scribe

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    Hi All,

    I have a character waking up in an inn during my WIP. I want to give a brief description of how poor the room.

    The world is set in the equivalent of about the 11th century AD.

    I thought a good way to do this would be to describe the materials of the bed and how low quality they are.

    Only thing is .. I don't know what materials would be used for a bed. I am inclined to think wool for the sheet, and straw in the mattress. But honestly I have no idea what a bed consisted off during this time period.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Fyle

    Fyle Inkling

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    I'm no expert but

    - wood frame
    - blankets
    - straw/hay
    - a pillow if you weren't completely poor

    Wiki it, "beds medieval times" or something
     
  3. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Poor would mean a pallet on the floor. That's it. An actual bed would be stepping up in the world. Also, not to get too pedantic, the 11thc is not early MA, it's high MA. Or central MA, depending on one's preferences.
     
  4. SeverinR

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  5. Shreddies

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    I was going to use something like that for my world. Do you know which era they were being widely used in?
     
  6. Bearman1

    Bearman1 Scribe

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    Wow! Thanks for all the info guys!

    I hadn't even heard of a rope bed before, so you have all been really insightful.
     
  7. SeverinR

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  8. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Not to pound a point, but the beds in those illustrations were for wealthy people. Also, 16thc (though those illos were more like 17thc or later). OP asked about 11thc.

    He did specify an inn. Few of those in 11thc, but given one, those beds were still awfully fancy. Much more common were pallets or piles or piles of straw, and multiple people crammed into the same room.
     
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