Medieval knights were great

How did a knight live in the Middle Ages?

Klara and kUNIbert Schlaufuchs on tour


Hello kids!

Do you sometimes wish you were a knight in the Middle Ages? The children who attended the event “How did a knight live in the Middle Ages?” Certainly do. Or did, but more on that later.
At the beginning of the event, the lecturer Ms. Miriam Weiss gave a brief introduction to the topic. The almost thirty children who were there already knew a lot about the Middle Ages, about knights and how they lived in castles. Everyone was excited to see what would happen, especially since almost forty of Ms. Weiss's students were there to organize the event. For the students, the implementation of the project was part of their studies, to which they dedicated themselves with great dedication.

The children present were divided into six groups, which rotated through six different stations. Some of the children were also allowed to be outside, which was a nice change thanks to the gaudy, warm weather!
At the first station, the “castle”, the children first told them which castles they had already visited. You would have been amazed at the children's previous knowledge, because they already knew a lot about castles and what elements a castle had, such as a keep and a drawbridge. After the children were allowed to look at the construction method of a castle again on a poster, they built parts of a castle out of cardboard themselves. After all six groups were done, the castle was pretty big!

Another station was called “Life in the Castle”. The students who supervised this station had almost completely darkened a room. To cross it one had to light one's way with candles. That was really exciting, because the tables were upright on the sides, so that you almost really had the feeling of being in a castle! There were various foods on the table, some of which were already there in the Middle Ages, such as apples and bread. You learned a lot about the way of life in a castle, for example that very light bread was a sign of wealth, because only rich knights could afford light bread. The pupils were allowed to cook a typical knight's meal themselves, which poor knights in particular sometimes had to eat for a whole week. Attention children, maybe you want to cook the dish again: gruel, consisting of two spoons of oatmeal, salt and hot water. Most of the children didn't like the dish, so they were glad they weren't a knight.

At the “Tournament” station, the children were allowed to really romp around. The students first played a small role-play game in which they explained that tournaments were a popular pastime for wealthy knights in the Middle Ages. There were not only knights present, but also damsels. After two student knights had dared to swing on two hobby horses to compete against each other, the children were also allowed to take part in the tournament. They chose a hobby horse, took a lance made of aluminum foil, and rode against each other in a race.

At the “War” station, the students learned that the life of a knight was not just about tournaments. There they were initially allowed to knot a small rug, which they were later allowed to take home with them. Then we went outside, where there were two real knights, one from the early Middle Ages and one from the High Middle Ages, who was much better protected with his armor. Well, actually they were students in disguise, but when they fought trial they could almost have been mistaken for real knights! A student explained various pieces of armor to the children and at the end they were allowed to strike a shield with a real sword.

The station “Knight's Ideal and Sword Guide” dealt with the question of how to become a knight in the Middle Ages. First of all, you had to complete practical training. The children were allowed to play through parts of these themselves. For example, they were allowed to swing on a hobby horse with little armor and push a lance against a shield.
After completing training, you were knighted, or the sword line was completed. The prospective child knights were given the sword with the words "I hereby crown you Knight Kunibert von und zu Schlaufuchs" (or their name) and then a certificate was ceremoniously awarded. As an exception and especially for the children's university, the girls were also knighted, because in the Middle Ages they were only allowed to become damsels.

“Leisure and games” for knights was held outside. The children could either play boules or feel like a knight playing archery. The students in this group explained that in the Middle Ages there were different bows and weapons for hunting, depending on the size of the animal you wanted to hunt. Various animals were painted on cardboard, which the children tried to shoot with bows and arrows in proper style. In the end, all children were given bows and arrows as souvenirs. Even if I fear that one or the other parental vase in the living room will be shot down with it, the children were thrilled about the gift!

At the end, the lecturer invited the hungry children to a big medieval banquet, where there was a lot of delicious dishes made by the students that could be eaten in the Middle Ages. Everyone did a lot, so that the children went home full and satisfied from the exciting day. Even if most of them came to the conclusion that being a knight was too dangerous and uncomfortable in the long run, such a day in the life of a knight was an exciting experience! With that in mind and see you next time,

Your KUNIbert Schlaufuchs!

(Nina Weidenbach)