Terms for rooms

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Reading “Dark Queen Watching” set in the time of Wars of the Roses. Some weird terms:

Larder—a cool room where meat was preserved in lard

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A buttery was originally a large cellar room under a monastery, in which food and drink were stored for the provisioning of strangers and passing guests.

“Food” might include butter I suppose?

Refectory—a room used for communal meals in an educational or religious institution.

Pantry—Pantry definition is - a room or closet used for storage (as of provisions) or from which food is brought to the table.

Still room—a room in a large house used by the housekeeper for the storage of preserves, cakes, and liqueurs and the preparation of tea and coffee. Doesn’t say distilling was done in there!

Solar—The solar was a room in many English and French medieval manor houses, great houses and castles, mostly on an upper storey, designed as the family's private living and sleeping quarters.[1] Within castles they are often called the "Lords' and Ladies' Chamber" or the "Great Chamber".[1]

. . . .The word solar has two possible origins: it may derive from the Latin word solaris meaning sun (often a room with the brightest aspect), or — as the solar provided privacy for its occupants — it may come from the Latin word, solus, meaning, "alone".[1]
 
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I am stuffed if I can work out the difference between hermit and anchorite:

As nouns the difference between hermit and anchorite

is that hermit is a religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite while anchorite is one who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons.
 

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verderer
/ˈvəːd(ə)rə/

noun
BRITISH

  1. a judicial officer of a royal forest.
 

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God’s Acre:—
God's Acre is a churchyard, specifically the burial ground. The word comes from the German Gottesacker (Field of God), an ancient designation for a burial ...
 

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Wolfsheads—

What is a Wolfshead?

1 archaic : outlaw. 2 archaic : outlawry.
 

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Hobelars—
Hobelars were a type of light cavalry, or mounted infantry, used in Western Europe during the Middle Ages for skirmishing. They originated in 13th century Ireland, and generally rode hobbies, a type of light and agile horse.
 
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