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Bronshtein wrote:Except it's not true.
Is there any mediaeval evidence for the theory?
It seems to be simply a nice piece of speculation.
Viollet le Duc certainly liked the idea and said it was so, but although a good architect he wasn't always so great as a historian.
Antiquarian speculation does not make it true.
I'm reluctant to go the whole hog and say it was about safety or about status or types of entrance as castle function changed but there is absolutely no definitive evidence why certain castle staircases turned certain ways.
Picador wrote:I've always thought that if the besiegers are hacking their way up your stairs you're pretty much fucked anyway.
Why spiral staircases then? Because they don't take up as much space as a flight of stairs, especially in a round tower. Bloody obvious really innit?
Bronshtein wrote:The Kerr bit is odd, but may have a simple explanation (If there genuinely was a preponderance of left handedness throughout the entire extended family).
The surnames Kerr and Carr have been claimed, on the basis of folkloric and etymological evidence, to be associated with an increased incidence of left‐handedness. In 1974 a survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners suggested that the incidence of left‐handedness was nearly three times as high in Kerr/Carr families as in controls. That survey was however potentially flawed by response biases. In the present study, which used better controls, no evidence was found for an increased incidence of left‐handedness in Kerrs and Carrs.
Khusrau wrote:I think what Bronny was saying was what we thought we knew might not actually have been correct. I reckon though if you were manufacturing a castle model you might want to stick with the majority case.
Bronshtein wrote:Khusrau wrote:I think what Bronny was saying was what we thought we knew might not actually have been correct. I reckon though if you were manufacturing a castle model you might want to stick with the majority case.
I suppose that's right.
It's like the Agincourt thing - absolutely no evidence for the two fingered salute having anything to do with bowmen's fingers being threatened with amputation, but it's got too much traction to disappear.
PS And the Kerr's left handedness apparently -thanks Derek.
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