Medieval Glossary


A type of roof thick with reeds, straw, broom, and/or heather. During the medieval period, such materials were cheap, fairly light, and waterproof and could last quite a long time, depending upon the quality of the composition of the thatch. Such roofs could as long as 70 years.

Related term(s): Wattle; Daub; Limewash; Padstones
Category: Buildings, Goods, and Materials
Added: 11.06.04
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 83.


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