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The Latin word domus as it appears in medieval documents goes beyond the architectural sensethe structure of a house or dwelling placeand refers also to the household, that is, to the family unit and to domestic management; in other words, what goes on in the house. having chosen to deal in this book not only with the architectural aspects of the domestic setting but also with what went on within it, it seems to me more appropriate to examine all types of domestic buildings and to include the living quarters in buildings that would not normally be described as houses. To keep within the framework of the chosen topic, then, the writer deals with monastic buildings and defensive buildings only with regard to their domestic elements. When discussing a castle I will examine the sleeping and eating arrangements and such matters as storage facilities and installations relating to daily activities.

Keywords: architectural aspects; domestic buildings; domestic management; domus



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