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House Of The Rose Photo Tour: Medieval European Houses

One of the things that fascinates me about writing historical fiction is discovering how ordinary people lived. It’s one thing to visit castles and cathedrals; another to see the home of an ordinary family that’s survived the centuries.

The House of the Rose novels take place in many different countries in the 13th century, and the Houses of the Rose in each country are built to conform to that land’s norms. It was a lot of fun to research our various locales in the course of writing the five novels that comprise the series, from England to Constantinople (modern Istanbul)…to that end, I’d like to share some of the photos I took on various trips between 2000-2012.

The medieval homes in this slideshow range from a 12th-century Moorish courtyard house in Southern Spain (itself built on top of a Roman villa, whose mosaic floor can still be seen in the house’s cellar), to a 13th-century Great Hall home in England, complete with a open hearth-pit in the center of the hall, and finally, a selection of late-medieval/early Tudor houses from the English towns of Norwich, Salisbury, and Lavenham.

Slideshow: Medieval Houses

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