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8-08-2015, 16:19

The Closet

After festivities in the hall, people might retire to more intimate surroundings, moving through the building and arriving at ever more exclusive spaces and controlled entries. Personal safety had something to do with the design, to be sure, but also the dramatic ritual performance of everyday activities. Two special areas developed—the closet (the word for study) and the private garden (“secret” garden in Italy). The closet was the lord’s private space; it was in fact a small room with space for only one or two confidants. The closet might also house a small library and a treasury of rare, precious, or wonderful objects. To retire to the lord’s closet allowed the most confidential conversation.