So my friend and I are coming to develop an Age of Empires-esque game set in the late Middle Ages. Like any good developers we're doing our research first and we've come up with some issues. When trying to research pre-Tudor (Note, I'm using this as a time reference, not trying to imply Tudor occupied Germany as I have no idea if that was a thing or not) housing the majority of information that comes up is about Tudor housing, and pictures demonstrate iconic styles associated with the Tudors.
Our questions are:
- What materials were used in the construction of housing? We understand that the richer you were the more likely your house was to be stone, and less likely to use clay and earth as a mortar, but specifics are hard to come by.
- What layout did the buildings take? The more basic housing would be single rooms, we assume, but what rooms generally took precedence and would the more expensive housing generally follow specific layouts?
- Gothic architecture is renowned for its arches. Where there any pre-Tudor architectural norms or flagstone shapes that would have been common?
Any help is greatly appreciated as well as any resources we can use to help educate ourselves!
As you might be able to appreciate we'd like to ensure its not horrendously inaccurate, and besides- Its a good excuse to learn!