The Bonus Features below are related to our book Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles.
Be sure to check back here from time to time. We will be adding new and updated resources related to the book as we get them.
- Dover Coloring Books
The pictures in these coloring books are quite detailed with a brief explanation on each one. Older students might want to use colored pencils or even watercolor paints.
Lesson 9: Two Monks
The Wikipedia article contains a sample of a Gregorian chant to listen to.
Lesson 32: Robert Bruce
You may enjoy reading this Bruce and the Spider poem.
Lesson 85: Cesare Borgia
These maps of Renaissance Italy may help as you read about the plots of Cesare Borgia.
- Colorful and simple map of Italy
- Broader map that sets Italy in context of Renaissance Europe
- Broad map that gives the context of Renaissance Europe with inset detail of Italy
Many hands-on activities are available if you would like to supplement your study of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. Here are some suggestions (in random order) with links to details.
- Make a Model Castle
Several options are available for making your own model castle.
- Purchase a printed kit that you cut apart and glue together. Here’s another one.
- Free online pattern pieces and instructions that you can print, trace onto your own cardboard, and assemble are available at Your Child Learns and Storm the Castle.
- Take a look at these impressive castles built from Legos for some ideas.
- A Medieval Feast
You’ll want to plan ahead for your medieval feast. Here are a few tips and some links to sites with recipes.
- Make the trenchers ahead of time (flat bread used instead of plates).
- Everyone must eat with their fingers, no utensils except maybe knives.
- Bones and scraps get thrown on the floor. (Well, you can decide how authentic you want to be. A drop cloth on the floor might be handy.)
- The pages and wenches serve the nobility.
- Musicians and minstrels can serenade those attending the feast. If you have time, you might compose your own poem or ballad to sing.
- Invite family friends or relatives if desired.
- Medieval Recipes
- Gode Cookery Medieval Recipe Translations
- A Medieval Theme Feast
- A Coat of Arms
A coat of arms was a design that designated a knight’s connections and lineage. Use poster board and markers to create a unique coat of arms. Allow each child to design one or make one all together for your family. It’s fun if you can brainstorm symbols that represent the owner then try to combine the symbols into a pleasing design. Here are some examples of coats of arms.
- Chain mail
Of course, the original chain mail was much more intricate than most children can tackle. But your young students might enjoy these simplified chain mail instructions.
- Stained Glass windows
- Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Research these pictures and explanations of Medieval and Renaissance musical instruments, then see if you can make some like them.
Design beautiful letters, called illuminations, like those used in hand-written books. (See Marguerite Makes a Book for more information.) Younger children can make simple illuminations with crayons. Older ones might like to try their hand at making their own inks to use, as well.
- Visit a Renaissance Faire
Unfortunately, not all Renaissance Faires are wholesome. Do your research to find out if the Faire you are considering is child-suitable and as authentic as possible. If you find a good Renaissance Faire, please submit it as a CM Destination under Living History, along with your review of the Faire, so others in your area will be able to enjoy it too. Thanks!