Or to a monastery, or to get married: why were girls kept in prisons in Russia?

Or to a monastery, or to get married: why were girls kept in prisons in Russia?

21.09.2022 0 By admin

As soon as the girl of the aristocratic class began to grow up and reached the age of 12-13 years, she was assigned either several rooms of the boyar house, or a separate outbuilding, sometimes it was located above the strong gates. It was forbidden for men over 12 years old to enter inside, only a father or father could visit the svetelka. Only children (younger sisters and brothers), wet nurses and hay girls were allowed to stay in the women’s half of the house.

The tower was connected with the main part of the house by a vestibule or several passages. To make a lonely stay in the tower less sad, they tried to decorate the wing as much as possible: carved platbands, monograms, curtains, painted in bright colors.