Charles Rex Posted February 3, 2012 Share Posted February 3, 2012 King's Apartments The official state rooms of the King could be reached by the Kings Staircase in the Horn Court. They were decorated by a large collection of knights armour, swords, pikes and guns, part of the wealth of weapons amassed by Prince Rupert while he was the warden of this ancient keep. Two full suits of knights armour awaited at either side on top of the stairs. Each room was decorated more bountiful than the next, patterned after the great palace of Louis XIV Versailles, except that the red vein marble was replaced by wood in Windsor. The walls held fine realistic carvings of fruit, fowl, game, fish and shellfish together with masterful strokes of trompe l'oeil drawing in the eye and tricking it into seeing alcoves, friezes and pillars, reaching up to the ceiling. Silver cast tables, mirrors and chairs filled the rooms, with a marble chimney in each. The ceilings were painted by Verrio into large allegoric representations of the reign of Charles II. The paint was barely dry on these magnificent paintings and were the piece de resistance of the restoration of Windsor Castle, a true masterpiece. While more rooms exist, for the use of our game we've only listed the ones in this post. Guards Room It entered into the Guards Room, once exclusively for the Yeoman Guard and before that the Great Hall of Henry III, but now merely a room one passed through to go to the inner sanctum of court society. Southwards it opened to st. George's Hall, the Royal Library and the Kings or Royal Chapel, while westwards it led to the Kings apartments, stretching into the newly built Starbuilding (after the Star of the Garter). Military trophies continued to adorn the walls, including banners and drums. The ceiling showed Jupiter and Juno enthroned on either side of an octagonal lantern illuminating the room. Devoid of further furniture, the Guards room only contained wooden benches. The King's Presence Room In medieval times one could not pass without invitation to the presence room or the privy or audience room, but persons of nobility and those with business of the King now passed unhindered and crowded around in groups softly discussing politics and the latest business of the Kingdom while one awaited an invitation to the Withdrawing or for short Drawing Room. The light of the candles was reflected in the four large silver mirrors, one for each wall. Seating had been provided in small groups of a few chairs, a side table and a loveseat, three groupings in all. The ceiling was painted with Mercury presenting a portrait of Charles II to the four corners of the world. Going from the presence room past the not frequently used audience room one would find: The King's State Bedchamber and Closet Only those the King deems family could enter without leave in the Kings Bedroom or the Kings Closet, neither of which were used as its name indicated but which were considered more limited nonetheless. To ask leave to enter one had to be a peer of the realm or a privy councillor or be invited by the King himself. Beyond these rooms were the Kings private chambers. In his State Bedchamber ceiling Charles II sat enthroned in Garter robes with France kneeling at his feet, and the four continents paying homage to him. The King's Private Chamber The Kings Private Chambers included a smaller, more modest bedroom, a parlour, and his dining room, places where he entertained the very elite of society. The ceilings contained mythological scenes of Jupiter seducing various maidens, except the dining room which represented a feast of the gods, with red lobsters, fish and fowl carved out of wood on the pillars around the room. The King's Gentlemen of the Bedchamber Here you will find NPCs Captain Herbert & John Ashburnham Any of the King's gentlemen of the Bedchamber without rooms elsewhere will be staying together in a room within the King's apartment. Given its location, they won't be able to entertain guests Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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