Monday, December 01, 2014

Question from Julia - Containers for messages during transport

Was there any special vessel or container for carrying a message from the household of one nobleman to another? When a messenger was on horseback, did he carry the letter in a bag / a tube / was it attached to him or in some kind of saddlebag on a horse?

Thank you for any help!


PhD Historian said...

I am not aware of any single type of container that was used consistently. Instead, I suspect it varied case by case. And quite probably, each of the transport containers you mentioned was used at one time or another.

And let's not forget secret messages, which we know were often hidden in unusual carrying containers.

Julia said...

Thank you very much! I'll be back with more obscure questions soon.