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Castles of Britain

Entertainment

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castle entertainment Entertainment was not just for the lord or garrison of the castle, and nearly all entertainment would take place in the hall, castle grounds, or near the castle. Many entertainers, such as mimes, players, and minstrels, often found that their services were not wanted in outlying towns and villages, so the castle offered the perfect place to show off their skills.

There were musicians playing instruments, minstrels singing, jesters telling jokes and making faces, acrobats balancing on blunted sword tips, contortionists entangling their body joints, jugglers juggling daggers, and tumblers rolling and jumping.

Games were played, such as blind man's bluff. Story telling was popular, along with showing off one's knightly skills. Hunting took place outside the castle walls, while inside would be archery at the archery range (called a butt), bear training, and hawking at the hawking accommodation (called a mew).

Feasts were another popular form of entertainment. At some special feasts extra watchmen would be posted to maintain order. There would be gift exchanges between the lord and tenants, and between lords themselves. Music and dancing occurred as well.

Tournaments to test a knight's skill took place in the castle grounds or just outside the castle walls. The action included mock battles with individual and team competitions. Jousting came along in the 14th century, and remained popular throughout the rest of the medieval period. Music and feasting were also the order of the day at these tournaments.

So you can see that not everything about medieval times was about waging war. The medieval peoples fought hard, but they also enjoyed themselves to the fullest.