Tudor homes are re-inventions of ancient Medieval homes of 1500s England. Sometimes called "Medieval Revival", the Tudor style can mimic a broad range of homes, from humble cottages with thatched roofs to expansive palaces. Tudor exteriors feature steeply pitched roofs, with overlapping gables and parapets. Construction is of patterned brick or stonework, with distinctive exposed wood timbers (called "half-timbering"). Windows are tall and narrow, with small panes of glass. Massive chimneys are often topped with decorative chimney pots. Tudor interiors are defined by arched doors, beautiful mantles, wooden beams and wainscot panels.