'Litters' like this were for the rich who wished to travel in style, protected from the rain or the sun. Or for those who were ill or old.
Coaches would have been useless on the rough tracks which passed for Medieval main roads.
Litters, carried by beefy chaps, had been around since ancient times.
The development of the breast band for horses in early medieval times meant shafts could be slotted in. Horses could bear the burden, and were able to travel further than men on foot
What do you think it was like inside this litter?
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A medieval 'litter' carrying a rich person who did not wish to ride his horse that day.