Medieval Matresses

A history lesson that is certainly not the last straw 😃

Nicholas C. Rossis

First of all, let me apologize for the week-long delay in posting. I had my first vaccine (Astra) and it had quite the kick. Then, Electra had it and she was even worse than me. Between taking care of her and the wee one, I had precious free time in my hands for the other things I love such as blogging.

I’m back with an attempt to dispel two common myths about sleeping conditions in the Middle Ages. Some people think that everyone slept on straw, as you may do in a stable. Others imagine everyone sleeping on mattresses, albeit of a more, ahem, organic variety than we’re used to nowadays. Both of these are wrong, as Alice Twain explains on Quora.

Straw bed | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Straw Matting

When we think of reeds on the floor, we tend to imagine something similar to what is done in stables, whose floor is covered with straw…

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