One of the main ways that Lords would entertain themselves and guests was by holding medieval feast or medieval banquets as they are commonly known.
Medieval Castle Entertainment consisted of feasts & Banquets which took place in the great Hall of the medieval castle. The Lord and Lady ate the rich food and wine served by squires with their important guests and family at the high table.
The Lord and Lady would sit under a canopy which was usually emblazoned with their coats of arms and emblems as they enjoyed the Medieval Castle Entertainment.
It was usually some poor souls job to taste the food of the medieval Lord before he ate it to check that it had not been poisoned.
In between courses at a medieval banquet Heralds would play their trumpets when each course arrived, as food such as roast swan, boars head, salted fish and subtlety was brought to the high table.
The Medieval Castle Entertainment also provided Minstrels who would play the music requested by the Lord and Jesters would tell humorous stories and jokes to try to make people at the High Table laugh.
Medieval Castle Entertainment Entertainer Blowing Flames
Medieval Castle Entertainment – Hunting
Hunting is was popular with medieval Lords and other elites and Falconry was one of the favourite past-times and Medieval Castle Entertainments.
Most Lords and Ladies had their own Falcons which were trained by a person called the Falconer.
During this Medieval Castle Entertainment Medieval lords and ladies would release their Falcons to catch small animals or birds. The Falcons were trained to return to the Lord and Lady.
Medieval Castle Entertainment – Games
Nobles and their families played games inside and outside as part of the Medieval castles entertainment, inside the castle they enjoyed boardgames such as chess and ladies also enjoyed sowing and working on fine embroidery. Singing and dancing was also popular inside a medieval castle and was popular Medieval Castle Entertainment
medieval tournaments were Popular forms of Medieval Castle Entertainment
Medieval Castle Entertainment – Tournaments
Tournaments or mock battles were regularly held inside the grounds of a medieval castle. The most popular contest at a medieval tournament that was part of a the medieval castles entertainment was the medieval joust.
In the medieval joust two horses called Chargers were mounted by knights and charged at each other at great speed, each knight was trying to knock the other knight from his horse. Medieval jousts often went to ground if both knights were knocked from their horses.
Medieval Castle Entertainment Summary
There was plenty of things to do to keep oneself entertain in a medieval castle and we have just touch on some of the many past times that people enjoyed in medieval times, from more detailed list of the games and entertainment that people enjoyed as part of their medieval castle entertainment please refer to our medieval games section of this website.