Beds and beds...
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on July 15, 1998 at 03:54:18:
In response to Love, Joy, and Separate Rooms, written by Caroline on July 15, 1998 at 02:12:39
Especially in the 17th century and before, the bedchamber was often an area where servants would normally enter the room very early in the morning in the course of their duties, or sometimes a maidservant would even sleep in the room on a humble mattress or truckle bed (as you mentioned) -- and that's why they had four-poster beds with bedcurtains, so that the person(s) in bed could have privacy to that degree at least.
However, I think this pattern had already pretty much been superceded by Regency times...
- The curtained bed is very old.... Roger V 01:37:29 7/16/98 (3)
- Some thoughts on separate bedrooms, etc. Carolyn B 19:28:35 7/15/98 (4)
- Bed curtains Earlene 01:12:41 7/16/98 (0)
- The Family Bed Carolyn B 19:35:23 7/15/98 (2)
- True, and, right! Caroline 23:09:07 7/15/98 (1)
- Introduction of chimneys led to development of seperate rooms-nfm Captain Everett 18:22:10 7/16/98 (0)
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