Historically informed vs useful

Pictures of medieval encampments show mostly round tents, with the occasional large double bell and a few more rectangular tents. See?

Lots of people want a tent that they can fit a double bed in.  But if you do that with a circular tent you can end up with quite a large round tent.

You can do it easily if you put the bed between the poles of a double bell.  Or even in a bell wedge, with a double bed low to the ground.

It seems that the goal of historical reenactment conflicts with the desires of the modern world.

Edit 28/1/13:  Actually, I’ve just designed a round tent that you can fit a double bed into and isn’t too big.  when it’s packed it’s smaller than a modern tent with the same floor area is likely to be, because it only has one pole, and it’s only 4.2m diameter and 3.5m high.  The trick was remembering that I designed the circus tent to fit the frame for a double bed sized set of bed curtains between the pole and the wall about 1.8m in the air.  When the double bed is lower (in the most recent case, 0.7m) then the total bell size and height can be smaller.

I’m going to keep looking for encampment pictures. If you find any can you add them in the comments?

added 14/1/2012:  Landsknecht encampment woodcuts

5 thoughts on “Historically informed vs useful

  1. Pingback: Nice pic! |
  2. Pingback: Nice sized bell |
  3. I have the same observation on statistical distribution of tents: mostly single pole / roof+walls tents, then second one are two poles / roof+walls and then far far below, single pole conical then two poles (for 14th and 15th centuries).


    (there is an excell spreadsheet with my stats in it)

    But yeah, modern concerns are different from back then: we want something tiny but able to pack a bed in, while it’s not sure they all had a bed, or those who had could handle a huge tent.

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