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Tents: post-1100

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Author(s): Frédérique Lachaud
Tents were a ubiquitous element of material culture in the Middle Ages. In markets and fairs, merchants used them to protect their wares; prestige tents (such as the one taken by Richard I from the Byzantine treasury in Cyprus) added a touch of luxury to diplomatic encounters; their use was near-compulsory in the course of military campaigns, and they were also part of chivalric display at tournaments (Windsor 1298) or dubbing ceremonies (London 1306). The terminology of tents is varied (Latin hala, domus linea, domus de canabo, domus rotunda, papilio, tentorium, and their vernacular…