Un viaggio nelle notizie, nei siti, nelle testimonianze dell'Europa medievale. A cura dell'Associazione Culturale Italia Medievale.
A journey in the news, sites, in the testimonies of medieval Europe. Organized by Associazione Culturale Italia Medievale
domenica 18 marzo 2007
Childhood in Medieval England, c.500-1500
This toy knight comes from a rich harvest of archaeological finds, made in the mudbanks of the River Thames in London during the last 30 years. It was manufactured in about 1300, and illustrates several facets of medieval childhood. Then as now, children liked playing with toys. Then as now, they had a culture of their own, encompassing slang, toys, and games. Then as now, adults cared for children and encouraged their play. An adult made this toy and another adult bought it for a child, or gave a child money to buy it. The toy knight was made from a mould, and produced in large numbers. It probably circulated among the families of merchants, shopkeepers, and craft workers, as well as those of the nobility and gentry. The finds also include toys that girls might have liked: little cups, plates, and jugs, some sturdy enough to heat up water by a fireside. There is even a self-assembly kit: a cupboard cut out of a sheet of soft metal, instead of the plastic that would be used today. go to the site: www.pitt.edu/AFShome/d/c/dch29/public/html/gubar/medieval_child.htm