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« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2017, 11:10:38 pm »

I've just spent the morning at Falkland Palace in Fife, Scotland which was the home of a few Monarchs including Mary. 

I never knew they actually took their beds with them. And they are huge!

Plus all their tapestries too. They must have had a lot of staff to take everything with them.
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« Reply #61 on: May 10, 2017, 01:03:10 am »

^ Yes, royalty and powerful aristocrats would spend several months at one palace or castle and then move on to another with their entire Household and majority of their servants in those days, taking their favourite beds, mattresses, bed hangings and chairs etc with them. There would be a huge long procession, wagons, pack horses and primitive coaches and litters.

 They usually did this in the warmer months because of the state of the roads. The reason for the move would often be because the living quarters had become very uncomfortable and unhygienic and would start to stink. Food dropped on the straw on floors, fleas and beetles, lack of WC facilities meaning people using corridors and dark corners to go to the toilet, etc etc. While the household was away the servants that were left would give the place a thorough scrub and clean from top to bottom.
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« Reply #62 on: May 10, 2017, 12:40:26 pm »

^That makes sense.

I saw the "toilet facilities" in one of the Royal bedrooms and it was a hole in the floor (which went outside the palace itself) in a cubby hole (recess) in the palace wall which was hidden by a curtain. The smell would have been horrendous, especially if you missed the hole in the middle of the night. Or had the runs. (diarrhoea).

And the lighting would have been a bit hit and miss too. So it would be easy to miss your target.  fan fan you'd definitely need this big time!  easter-lol

I'm so glad I live in this century.
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« Reply #63 on: May 17, 2017, 05:00:36 am »

I often wonder how different things would have been if in fact Mary had renounced any claim to Elizabeth's throne; there wouldn't have been any kind of quarrel and it likely would not have escalated the way that it did. Almost every single mess in Mary's life was a result of that determined claim.
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