Diurnal rhythm some centuries ago!

Reading a historic book (!) about Sweden and daily life 1680-1721.

"You could visit high office-holders at 5 o'clock in the morning. The Court's morning prayers were held at 6 o'clock
and the main meal was taken at 11 pm and supper at 6 pm.

Map over the Swedish Empire after the peace negotiations 1721.

Diurnal rhythm some centuries ago!



Are you sure about the main meal?
04/04/2012 - 22:17
11 pm for lunch and 6pm for supper would drive me absolutely crazy... Otherwise, as is always the case with your posts, brilliant and very informative! Talk about having an early day! Although, I wonder if different times were kept for the summer and winter considering the difference in the lengths of the day (now that would be a cool equation of time and sunsrise/sunset time complicaion). Best, Walid
Re: Are you sure about the main meal?
04/05/2012 - 20:30
Absolute sure, and the same hours were followed when on war-path, which Karl XII were the longest part of his short life! He was only 36 years old when killed, murdered probably, in Norway, November 30, 1718. I have read it several times in this book now, by a very wellknown historian smiley It would have been hard times for me, who normally goes to bed at 02.00 AM, to be alert just 2 hours later. OTH I never sleep longer then max. 5 hours. Never done since my schooltime, and that was looong ago cool But you can't call on me before 7.00 AM! Thanks for to nice words, my friend blush Doc