A Medieval of a Time in my Classroom Today!
We are just wrapping up our Social Studies unit on Growth and Change in Europe, specifically the Medieval Times and the Renaissance period. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe changed with Feudalism, the Crusades, and the Era of Reformation.
Mr. Barisic, my student Joe's father, brought us part of his collection of artifacts and replicas of weapons used during the Middle Ages. Between his father's and his own collection, Mr. Barisic has an amazing display with unique stories behind each.
The Medieval helmet, worn for protection, in the photo above, weighs about eight pounds. It used to be less decorative, but as time went on, intimidation factors, such as the spikes and horse hair were added for effect.
The top weapon in the photo above is an actual morning star, not a replica. Each "star" weighs about two pounds, and was used by spinning in the air before striking.
The bottom two weapons are replicas of maces. Weapons with anything on the end of it were considered to be a mace.
The top sword in the photo is a replica of a Short Sword. Typically, a fighter would carry two short swords on his belt and use both in battle.
The bottom is a Hacking Sword. It belonged the Joe's grandfather and is an actual sword that was used in battle. The sword is very flexible, and is dated back to the 1300s.
Actually seeing and feeling the weight of these Medieval items allowed the students and I to get a real sense of war-time efforts during this era. It was hard to imagine fighting a gruesome battle while wearing an eight pound helmet while attacking and defending with weapons equally as heavy!