Friday, November 30, 2007

Question from James - Security for the King and court

In the court of a Tudor monarch, who would provide the protection or security for the king or other courtiers.Where they just Guards?

James Duffy

aged 9

4th grade

1 comment:

PhD Historian said...

Yes, James, the Tudor monarchs always had security of some kind around them. The monarch was almost never alone. He or she had people at their side both night and day. During the day, those people might be high-ranking courtiers conducting business, but they were also armed and guarded the monarch as well. There would also have been traditional guards standing watch in various places around the king. At night, the monarch always had someone of lowest rank or a servant sleeping in the room with them, usually on a pallet on the floor at the foot of the bed. And believe it or not, it was a job that a lot of people wanted, uncomfortable as sleeping on the floor may sound. There was a lot of prestige associated with being a gentleman of the bedchamber. I hope this helps answer your question.