What was the Origin, Meaning or Definition of the Castle
Description of a castle Castle Chapel
What was the location of the Castle Chapel ?
How often did Medieval Christians pray?
How important was the Castle Chapel?
Time spent on Prayer during the Medieval era
The Medieval Christians were expected to pray four times a day.
The prayer times were:
In the evening
The time spent on prayers varied but could range between 5 and
30 minutes. The strict prayer requirements explain why the
Chapel was built within castles. The development of a place for
private prayer for the Lord and his family, the
Oratory, is also explained.
Location of the Castle Chapel
The Castle Chapel was usually close to the Great hall. The
Chapel could, however, also be found situated behind the
Gatehouse. The enemy would then be forced to fire on the Chapel
as they were attacking the main entrance to the castle - God was
seen as being on the side of the Defenders of the castle!
Origin, Meaning of the word 'Chapel '
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Chapel ' derives from the
Medieval Latin word 'capella' and the Old French word 'chapele'
,meaning hooded cloak. This name derives from the cloak which
belonged to St Martin who was once the Bishop of Tours. The
cloak was kept as a holy relic and over time the shrine where
the cloak was kept took on the name of the cloak - the Chapel.