Sunday, October 27, 2013

Medieval History 500 - 1000 AD

As I continue my ramblings to my student regarding particular personalities of this time period, I have made some additional reading suggestions.  First, regarding the Barbarian hordes:

Climo, Shirley. Stolen thunder : a Norse myth. New York : Clarion Books, c1994.
D'Aulaire, Ingri. D'Aulaires' Book of trolls. New York : New York Review of Books, 2006. (Tolkien got all his ideas from Germanic and Scandinavian lore....) 
D'Aulaire, Ingri. Norse gods and giants. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1967. (I think this is a different one than the one I have....) 
Favorite fairy tales told in Germany. Boston : Little, Brown, 1959.
Feagles, Anita MacRae. Thor and the giants : an old Norse legend. New York : Young Scott Books, 1968. 
Fisher, Leonard Everett. Gods and goddesses of the ancient Norse. New York : Holiday House, 2001.
Grimm, Jacob. Wanda Gág's Jorinda and Joringel. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, [1978], c1947.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Favorite Norse myths. New York : Scholastic, 1996. (These really are not as bad as her tree house books....) 
Price, Sean. Attila the Hun : leader of the barbarian hordes. New York : Franklin Watts, c2009.
Seredy, Kate. The white stag. New York : Viking, 1937.  (Wonderful mythology of the Magyars!) 
The Norse gods. Peterborough, NH : Cobblestone Pub., 2003.

More on Charlemagne and his time period:

Baldwin, James. The story of Roland. New York : Scribner, 1965. (This is longer, but is a great, boybarian story - ...He cleaved him from his helm right through his horse.... and other such atrocities - It is from The Song of Roland, which was a great favorite story in medieval Europe for at least 200 years.  Here is a version online, too, at the Baldwin project - both it and the book have b/w illustrations:  It is a fabulous example of the degree of exaggeration reached by the bards concerning true events....  It is totally racist in being anti-Muslim, too, of course....)
Bhote, Tehmina. Charlemagne : the life and times of an early Medieval emperor. New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 2005. 
Charlemagne. Peterborough, NH : Cobblestone Pub., 1999. (I suggested this one earlier....) 
Holmes, Mary Tavener. The elephant from Baghdad. New York : Marshall Cavendish Children, 2012. (Make sure to read the notes on the true basis for this story....) 
Macdonald, Fiona. The world in the time of Charlemagne. Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, 2001. (I think I already suggested this one....) 
Manson, Christopher. The Marvellous blue mouse. New York : H. Holt, c1992.

Also, I decided at this time that a review of the beginnings of the Muslim world were in order, so suggested a review of SOTW chs. 6, 7, and 12, along with these books:

Demi. Muhammad. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003. 
Ganeri, Anita. Islamic stories. Minneapolis, MN : Picture Window Books, 2006. 
Heiligman, Deborah. Celebrate Ramadan & Eid al-fitr. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2006.
Marston, Elsa. Muhammad of Mecca : prophet of Islam. New York : Franklin Watts, c2001.
Wallace, Holly. Islam. Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2006.

Here's a little piece I pulled about the Song of Roland:

"The Song of Roland: The poem, The Song of Roland, was written around 1100 CE. It is a story in poem form about  Charlemagne and two of his advisors, one of which is a brave and fearless warrior named Roland. Charlemagne was an incredibly popular subject for poems and ballads. He was such a colorful character. Many were also written about Charlemagne's 12 paladins - his 12 advisors - his council of warriors. Over time, the word paladin began to mean any hero in medieval Europe. 
The Song of Roland was especially popular because the bad guys in the poem were Muslims. As the poem goes, in spite of the magical horn Roland used to call his men to battle, the huge Moslem army surrounded Roland and his small band of men, and all were lost. When Charlemagne heard about it, he called upon God to help him, and destroyed the Muslim army in revenge.
This very famous 4,000 line poem was written right before the crusades. Since the crusaders were leaving to fight the Muslims, for the church and God, this poem really hit home. The popularity of The Song of Roland gave birth to a great many fanciful stories about the paladins in Charlemagne's time, as well as the paladins of this time, the time of great Crusaders."
This is from one of Mr. Donn's wonderful websites.  I didn't like all the commercials for games, etc. that were on the site page, so just cut and pasted the actual info....  He has tons of history info online for kids....
Here are some "fun facts" about Song of Roland, along with a quiz:
And after reading The White Stag, here's a little about the Magyars online:
Hopefully, I will finish up my ramblings this week and move us back into SOTW at the point of the Norman invasion, which is where we left off there....

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