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Life in a castle

A lord addresses the castle's servants.A castle was the residence for the lord, his family and his followers, while his guards, the castle’s peacetime garrison, manned the battlements. The lady took charge of the castle while the lord was away. Among their servants, who were all under the control of the chamberlain, were ladies-in-waiting, the lady’s personal assistants, and pages, who served at meal times and ran errands.


A castle's servants at work
The lord's family and chief servants

Castle residents

The castle was the family home of a nobleman or baron and his wife, the lord and lady of the castle. Among their servants, who were under the control of the chamberlain, were ladies-in-waiting, the lady’s personal assistants, and pages, who served at meal times and ran errands.

Many castles belonged to the king, so for much of the time he—along with his many servants—was not in residence. These castles were mostly occupied by his deputies, officials appointed to raise taxes and punish wrongdoers in the neighbourhood.

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