Medieval Modern for Today’s Kids
by Cheryl Carpinello
In the year 2013, one would think that the Medieval time period (roughly 300/400 – 1200’s) would not even be worth mentioning when talking to kids. In my work with kids of all ages, I have found this to be the complete opposite. Kids today, as in the past, continue to embrace the Medieval world and the Arthurian Legend. I’ve formed my own ideas about why, and these are what I would like to share with my readers today.
First is their love of Adventure. Medieval times and the Arthurian Legend are packed with adventure. The tales of knights fighting knights, evil kings/queens/magicians, and dragons and other mythical characters abound. The infamous Quest presents characters and readers with exciting tales of righting wrongs and/or searching for magical life-saving objects.
Second is their love of Magic and Mystery. Kids and adults are fascinated by magic and the powers associated with magic. One only needs to look back at Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to see how popular this subject is today. Everyone loves a story with a wizard, either good or bad.
Third is their love of Heroes. The Knights of the Round Table reflect the ideals of the perfect hero. Knights rescue ladies in distress, come to the aid of their kings, champion the weak and the poor, and enjoy it all. The most popular video games today all have heroes, and everyone wants to be that hero.
Fourth is Women are active participants and this draws in the girls. In Medieval Times, girls can be knights themselves, known as dames, coming to the rescue and going on their own adventures to save the world. Women in medieval times today have moved pass the stereotype of Guinevere.
Fifth is the boundaries that are placed on the characters and by osmosis on today’s readers/game players. Medieval Times is now seen as an extension of the qualities of Arthurian Legend. The definite line between right and wrong present in Medieval Times fills a need of kids for boundaries and ideals to guide them. These qualities allow kids another way to look at themselves and their world.
For all the history buffs out there, I know that living in Medieval Times was difficult and not a lot of fun. So do the kids, but they choose to view it instead a grand adventure filled with dangerous situations that one can conquer with skill and a little magic!
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