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The Conciergerie was converted for use as a prison in 1391. The treatment of prisoners in the time was very dependent on their wealth, status and connections. The very wealthy or influential usually got their own cells with a bed, desk and materials for reading and writing. Less well-off prisoners could afford to pay for simply furnished cells which would be equipped with a rough bed and perhaps a table. The poorest would be confined to dark, damp, vermin-infested cells were they were left to die in conditions that were ideal for the plague and other infectious diseases which were rife in the unsanitary conditions of the prison.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conciergerie (April 11, 2011).
Ed. Katriina Puputti