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Monday, May 21, 2012


Solid-wood door-desk/table $40 for table-top 80 x 36" , $20 for saw-horse legs

Photo by: DWJ2010 

burros (not mules in this case), wooden sawhorsesThese supported the boards used as dining tables in the halls of palaces and castles. Rooms used solely for the purpose of dining did not exit in the Middle Ages.  When the meal ended, the saw horses and boards were removed for dancing as seen in the Chronicle of Miguel Lucas Iranzo, at his wedding and other during other banquets he held as Constable of Castile in Jaen. [Gázquez Cocina. 2002:31; and Matta. 1940:46:64:70 etc]


  1. Every time I visit the Royal Palace in Madrid, when I arrive to the banquet hall, the guide gives the same explanation: there is not a proper single "table" but boards mounted on "burros", that can be conveniently adapted to the number of hosts. This is also a very affordable way of making a writing desk; usually they are called also "borriquetas" and are sold in different materials, as wood and iron.
    In the Royal Palace in Madrid, chairs are identical. The King and Queen occupy the central posts, and their chairs are only slightly taller than the rest.

  2. It is interesting to note that the "boards" in the Royal Palace are long enough to seat 140 people. The tablecloth is one piece, making it one of the longest, if not the longest piece of cloth in the world.