King Richard's private apartment in the penthouse suite of Beynac Castle. The patio has wide views of the paysage and a delightful corner pepperpot feature gives access to the spiral stair for the garrison and other necessary servants
The lights look like instruments of torture. There was a scatter of these above the eating benches in the kitchen chamber of Beynac Castle.
They could be lowered on ropes to be recharged with oil - probably tallow - or other burnable items like oily rags.
There were a great number of other things hanging from the ceiling: buckets, iron pots and grappling hooks - which may have had bacon hanging from them, getting smokier and smokier.
Rude as in simple? Rude carvings can be seen on the ornately carved church of Kilpeck. There are fabulous beasts, fertility symbols (!) and devils carved all around the roof.
Inside the church, the stone is no less ornately carved. However it is more conventional with saints and ornamentation.
The stonework celebrates everything in life, and down the side of the door are some very eastern looking characters. Some of the stone carvings are very unseemly, even by today's standards, but being part of the fabric of the church, escaped the prudish Victorian destruction of carnal wooden carvings.
Here the kitchen floor is made of rounded river pebbles set on edge. With splashed food scraps and fat, it must have taken the dogs all their time to keep it clean.
Dogs. Er, just had a nasty thought, but I'll keep it to myself.
The bailey was cobbled with stones laid on edge. This must have made it uncomfortable to walk on, and impossible to clean out the animal dung. Pigs, chickens, horses to name but a few. The guys were not above adding a bit too, if caught short!
The paving did, however, last well.
About this Blog
My travels through contemporary France in search of Richard the Lionheart and relics of his 12th century kingdom.
Paris, Rouen then the Duchy of Aquitaine, seeking useful detail and atmosphere for the second novel in the Lionheart Chronicles.