We all have our castles, right? The adage, “A man’s home is his castle” comes from The Institutes of the Laws of England, 1628. Young Cosette, in “Les Miserables,” sings, “There is a castle on a cloud…” one where “…there aren’t any floors for me to sweep, not in my castle on a cloud.”
A castle was a necessity for European kings and noblemen of the late 10th century, because it provided security; the original gated community. Castles were self-sustaining; they had a source of water and small farms that were worked by peasants. Comfortable? Nope, they were cold, dark and drafty.
Eventually the castle was replaced by the manor house, which was followed by the simple mansion and McMansion of today.
Dabananabunch photographed Tarasp Castle in the Swiss Alps.Read More »from No place like home: Flickr photo of the day