Medieval light

On her blog Living the History, Elizabeth Chadwick looks at lighting in the Middle Ages, from firelight to candles to lanterns. The article  includes illustrations and sources.

Elizabeth Chadwick concludes:

It wasn’t a world without light, but it was certainly one more deeply shadowed, more golden, more smokily scented (among other smells!) than ours. It couldn’t be had for the flick of a switch, but provision of light had to be thought about and toiled over.  What you never have, you never miss, but a thousand years ago, the return of daylight as the Northern hemisphere turned towards Spring, must have come as a truly keen pleasure of life.