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posted 04-18-2004 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Did people who lived in castles occupy their time with this? For some reason I have the feeling they did... I might be wrong. Or were illuminate manuscripts produced only in monasteries? And was special training needed, or just a bit of talent?

posted 04-19-2004 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Many people in the middle ages were illiterate, and that included many noble folk too. That said, I have seen mediaeval manuscripts with pictures depicting people (mostly women) doing tapestry work and writing, so clearly some were able to spend their time 'in words'.

Also, in many cases, the function of the Lord was to collect taxes on behalf of the king, and so needed to be literate and numerate enough to be able to perform this function (no doubt some were wealthy enough to employ 'scribes' to do the writing for them, and 'stewards' to do the book-keeping).

Whilst much better off than the peasant classes, in general, most "Lords of the Castle" were too busy performing day-to-day business of being local land owners, governors and administrators to have much time for writing for leisure and pleasure - this would have been the domain of the extremely privilaged only.

A delightfully illustrated book on simulated parchment filled with illuminations depicting important areas of mediaeval life:

"A Medieval Miscellany" http://www.castlesontheweb.com/quest/Forum10/HTML/000052.html

posted 04-19-2004 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for your reply!
Well, I imagined the landlord didn't have enough time, probably neither did the lady. I was only thinking, if I had been living in a castle, wouldn't life have been boring? I'm 18. Surely I wouldn't have done housework all day long! That's why I thought perhaps some of the castle inhabitants occupied their spare time with manuscripts.
I'll try to find the book at the local British Council Library, but I doubt they have it, I surely would have noticed it.

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