Cradles of Humanity: 5 Beds That Made History

June 10, 2015

Beds play an important role in everyone’s lives – including those who have affected history. And if these people that have made an impact in humanity’s story deserve a mention, then their bed mattresses also do.

Below are the most renowned beds – both real and imaginary – in the course of mankind’s collective memory.

uratex bed mattress van gogh bedroom Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles (La Chambre de Van Gogh a Arles)

Aside from The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh is also famous for three identical oil paintings of his bedroom in Arles. The first painting, found in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was made in October 1888. Almost a year later, Van Gogh made two similar copies of it. One, the same size of the first, is not in the Art Institute in Chicago, while the other, found in the Musee d’Orsay and smaller than the original, was made for his family.

napoleon cradle uratex bed mattressThe Cradle of the King of Rome

This bed will forever be remembered, for it is where Napoleon Francis Carl, Napoleon Bonaparte’s son, slept as an infant. He is dubbed as the “King of Rome” by his own father, “the Eaglet” (or “the Son of the Eagle) by the French people, and “Duke of Reichstadt” by the Congress of Vienna. This cradle emphasized the achievements of his father and expressed the hopes to relate to his son:

  • The little angels represent the force and justice,
  • The star crown stands for the glory of France under Bonaparte’s reign
  • The largest star of the crown has the letter “N” that stands for “Napoleon”, who is believed to be the brightest star shining upon France during his lifetime.

princess and the pea uratexThe Princess’ Bed in “The Princess and the Pea”

The Princess and the Pea is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s, a Danish writer famous for his stories like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, masterpieces.

This fairy tale tells the story of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but can’t find a suitable wife because there is always something wrong with those he meets and he cannot be certain that they are really princesses. One stormy night, a young woman seeks shelter in the prince’s castle and claims to be a princess. The prince’s mother tests their guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night.

elvis hamburger bed mattress uratexElvis Presley’s Hamburger Bed

This heavy velvet bed is considered as one of the most famous piece of rock and roll memorabilia. This was first designed for Elvis Presley, and it hosted a number of gadgets such as a television and stereo in the headboard.

john lennon bed mattress uratexJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Protest Bed

After their wedding, John Lennon and Yoko Ono traveled to Amsterdam, where they staged the so-call Bed-In for Peace. Every day, for a week, they would invite the press into their hotel room. They would then answer each and every question about their decisions to stage an event as a protest against the Vietnam War. The events were filmed and later turned into a documentary film entitled “Bed Peace”.

Historical moments do not only happen in grandstands, on the streets, or in offices – they also happen in the bedroom. So, do you know any other amazing beds that played a great role in history? Share and comment below!