Sleeping Alone

On some countries’ offshore oil platforms, organised labour agitates for the right of a worker not to have to share a cabin. We take it for granted that sleeping alone is a good thing, unless we are having sex; but in the early Middle Ages, sleeping alone was something really scary and bad. Warriors slept together in the great hall; monks slept together in dormitories; the lord and lady were alone in having a big, expensive bed, but servants would be sleeping in the room with them. If you could afford it, you hired priests or monks to stay awake nearby and protect you with their prayers as you slept. Otherwise the demons might get you.

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 09:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: GETTING MEDIEVAL, The Past Is Another Country

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