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An intimate guide to the inside of a castle and the lives of its residents, this Stephen Biesty classic, Cross-Sections Castle, details the workings of a medieval fortress.
With intricately detailed cross-sections, readers can explore layer upon layer of castle life including the people, their possessions, and how they lived, as well as how they defended themselves from enemy attacks and settled down for an evening of entertainment. Each time readers turn the page, they'll discover new details, making this the ultimate "insider's guide" to the structure of a castle and the lives of its inhabitants.
called a “main.” People often bet lots of money on which bird would kill the other. 10 10 Alchemist at work In primitive laboratories, alchemists tried to turn worthless metals into gold and to find an “elixir of life”—a medicine that cured all ills. Some experiments were magic, some fraud, and some a genuine search for scientific knowledge. 7 8 5 9 11 6 Harvesting herbs Ferret kennels Fortune-teller Wrestling match Children playing with tops 11 Hunting dogs Hunting was an important
castle was near a town. Salting meat The most common way of preserving pork and beef through the winter was to salt it. The salt worked by locking up the water in the meat. The microorganisms that rot meat need water to live, so salt kept the meat from spoiling. 10 6 Slaughterhouse A skilled butcher could kill a pig almost painlessly. He took care to make sure that the beast was happy right up to the moment when he hit its head with a hammer. This was common sense, not kindness—if the pig was
meat from rotting, they preserved it in salt or by smoking. Other foods, such as beans, were preserved by drying. A few foodstuffs, such as apples, grew or could be stored until spring. Livestock In medieval times, farm animals, such as sheep, cattle, and pigs, were smaller and thinner than today’s animals. They took a long time to grow to a size that was suitable for eating, so they lived longer than animals today. Poorer people tended to keep birds such as chickens and geese that provided eggs
of their own tools or had them made locally by the blacksmith. Shapes of tools varied from place to place: There were no standard designs. An important part of the blacksmith’s work was making nails from hammered lengths of wire. Adze (like an ax, but with the blade turned to cross the handle) Broadax 22 Chisel The walls Daub Wattle Some interior buildings were made from wood, but most of the castle was built from stone. But not all stone was suitable for castle walls. Very hard stone, such
at home. The armorer made clothes of metal, so he needed the strength of the blacksmith and the measuring and cutting skills of the tailor. A suit of armor was very expensive to make. It cost about the same as a car costs today. And, like a car, armor was never replaced after a minor accident. The armorer simply bashed out the dents. 4 Women carding (untangling fibers) and spinning wool Fits like a glove 6 Sweeps (sails) of the windmill were angled so they turned counterclockwise when the