08 February 2008

Château of Roquebrune - Nobleman's Dwelling: the Common Room

This second room in the Nobleman's Dwelling was used as a communal room and dining room. The doorway in the far corner is the lavatory - see below - which emptied directly outside the castle walls.

In the Middle Ages, tables didn't exist. Planks of wood were laid on trestles, hence the phrase: 'to lay the table.' When the word 'table' was used, it meant the 'food', not the furniture. The soldiers normally sat on wooden chests that were used for storage and were dragged over at meal times. What furniture they did have has disappeared over time and the furniture shown is not correct for the period.

This room and the previous one - the Armoury - were transformed into barracks in the middle of the XVIIIth century.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the kitchen. You can see the entrance on the right-hand wall.


  1. Those floors don't seem to be original either. I wonder why wood craftsmen have not been commissioned to recreate the original furniture.

    Can't wait to see the kitchen!

  2. I wouldnt want to use the bathroom or have to do anything in a room with no windows, I would freak out.

  3. Again, this series fascinate me. Love your research (I guess I've said that before, but it bears repeating). The kitchen!! Can't wait to see that little gem!

  4. How I would like to get more time to read all these fine blogs like yours is.
    I am especially interested in a history and this is so fascinating.
    It could be so fine to hear, what those walls have heard during all those years, they could tell to us much!

    Have a good weekend!

  5. May I tell you that I sure wouldn´t want to have a sleep on that room.

  6. I'm a day behind. . .Sorry! I really am enjoying this series, and I agree with Kate. . . .Can't wait for the kitchen. Love the view from the window yesterday. . .So lovely.

    And, a belated Happy Birthday to your blogs!!

  7. Very interesting post, Jilly.

  8. Jilly, what an interesting series. Looking forward to seeing the Kenwood mixer in the kitchen!!!


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