FC: A Jolly Good Time By: Alex Moudy
1: Entertainment in the Middle Ages was much like it is today. We play what they used to play like music and games, except we put a modern twist on everything. | Entertainment
2: Indoor Games for the Rich Lots of games were played indoors. For upper class and middle class people, games included board games and gambling in a game of dice, checkers, and chess. Men became extremely addicted to dice, which was commonly was played at parties. Checkers and chess were common games played in the Middle Ages, and were made out of hand-carved wooden pieces. Checkers were easier for people to play, especially if you couldn't read or write, and most people couldn't. That meant that checkers were more commonly played.
3: Lower class people enjoyed playing almost the same games as the upper class men. They played checkers the most. Since they couldn't read or write lower class men didn't play chess. Women and children especially found the game confusing and difficult. | Indoor Games for the Poor
4: For the rich, there were a lot of outdoor games. They played: occasional outdoor chess, they jousted, and held archery competitions. The jousting competitions were against lords and knights. This was probably the most famous and exciting game from the Middle Ages. The battle started by getting knights and lords into heavy suits of armor. Then they climbed aboard their horses and stabbed each other until someone fell off their horse. The archery competitions were planned months in advanced. They were very hectic, and had feasts during matches. Also drunkenness commonly added to the craziness of the whole event. | Outdoor Games For the RIch
5: Outdoor Games for the Poor | For the poor, games included many of the games we play today. They played folk football, hockey , golf, and soccer. Folk football was a rough game, and the footballs were hand carved with wood. Hockey was known as a ball game, but the hockey they played was more of an earlier version, not like how we play today. They also played an early version of tag called Blind Man's Duff.
6: Outdoor Games Can Be Shared | Both classes enjoyed two things: hunting and ice skating. Ice skating was fun for every person to enjoy back in medieval times. Hunting though had different rules for each class. | For all classes, they brought 30 falcons, and 60 hunting dogs with them when hunting. Knights liked to focus on hunting foxes, deer, otters, badgers, rabbits, wolves, and boars.It was such a popular event that even peasants and women hunted and got to keep the falcons.
7: Jesters and Storytellers | Jesters and storytellers are the tomfoolery people in Medieval Europe. Jesters made people laugh by making jokes such as comedians do today. They wore a cap, and bells, and carried a bladder on a stick called the slap stick, and sometimes had permission to make jokes on their masters that others wouldn't dare to say. A jester always stayed by the king's side to give them the gift of laughter. Storytellers recited epic hero stories. They recited famous King Arthur stories and they became big hits. People loved to hear these tales as indoor activities and also during parties.
8: In this time period, music was seen as an art. This is a picture of a Hurdy-Gurdy. It was played with one hand and the other hand held the instrument. | This is a picture of a hornpipe. Hornpipes were made out of wood that connected to a hallowed-out cow horn.
9: Dance Away The Night | During a ball, the first thing they did was push aside the tables in the great hall. They did that so they would have enough room for the visiting acrobats, jugglers, and musicians. The musicians started off by playing early songs. Then they played love songs, and ended the night by playing religious songs which were the most popular. All of that took place while people danced to the music. They danced to a popular instrument called the hornpipe, and had a special way of dancing. They started holding hands in a ring, and followed with couple dancing. They also had minstrels sing.
10: The Jesters Diary January twenty- first, 1798 Dear Diary, Today I had the worst experience in the castle. It is the jester's last day telling jokes. I was set free from my king. Many people would love to be set free, but I liked entertaining for the king, and going to the parties were I entertained all of his guests who were always so kind to me.I am also going to miss living in the castle, though I had a tiny room it is probably the best place I will ever live in. So now I stop writing and pack up my things and move out into the world and hope to make a living. From, The Jester
11: The Fun Must Come to an End | As you can see, the Europeans had enough to entertain themselves even without TVs and electronics. Things are a lot different now then they were back then. I hope you can see by my presentation that medieval Europe was fun and entertaining and that you should be amazed by how much has evolved over time, such as hockey and tag. Now we have electronics and scoreboards, and professional competitive sports.
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