Saturday, October 12, 2013

Medieval History

Library book suggestions for SOTW chapters 11 and 13 (Franks and Merovingians through Charlemagne):

Anderson, Rachel. Renard the Fox. London : Oxford :, 1986.  
Charlemagne. Peterborough, NH : Cobblestone Pub., 1999. 
Czarnota, Lorna. Medieval tales that kids can read & tell. Little Rock : August House, c2000.
Macdonald, Fiona. The world in the time of Charlemagne. Parsippany, N.J. : Dillon Press, 1998.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Favorite medieval tales. New York : Scholastic Press, 1998.
Perrault, Charles. Puss in boots.
Wright, Nicola. Getting to know France and French. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, 1993.
Some of these collections of tales are not just French, either, but a mix of medieval....
A short bio of Clovis online:
And here's one of Charlemagne:
Here's a more comprehensive site that includes both of them and their cultures:
Here's that version of Barbarians that was on the history channel a while back.  This is the episode on the Franks:
Next we covered SOTW chapter 12, regarding Islamic Invasion:


Library book suggestions are always a problem for me, now.  Our library has gotten rid of an incredible number of perfectly good books!  Geraldine McCaughrean has a great book on El Cid, but our library no longer has it.  Perhaps it could be gotten via interlibrary loan if you have the same problem:

Ada, Alma Flor. The three golden oranges. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1999.  

Davis, Kevin A. Look what came from Spain. New York : Franklin Watts, c2002. 
Irving, Washington. Castles in Spain : from the Alhambra. Champaign, Ill. : Garrard Pub. Co., 1971. 
Khan, Rukhsana. Muslim child : understanding Islam through stories and poems. Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2002. 
McKay, Susan. Spain. Milwaukee : Gareth Stevens Pub., 1999. (This is a book on Spanish festivals - look for the ones that are Moorish in origin) 
Sierra, Judy. The beautiful butterfly : a folktale from Spain. New York : Clarion Books, c2000. 
When the Moors ruled in Europe [DVD]. Visual Materials. Acorn Media, c2008.  

Next we covered chapter 14 in SOTW, regarding the Vikings:
Library books related to Vikings:

D'Aulaire, Ingri. Leif the Lucky. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941.  
East o' the sun and west o' the moon. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1992, c1991. 
Farmer, Nancy. The Islands of the Blessed. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004.
Fritz, Jean. Brendan the Navigator : a history mystery about the discovery of America. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1979.
Grant, Neil. Eric the Red : the Viking adventurer. Oxford ;: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Humble, Richard. The age of Leif Eriksson. New York : F. Watts, c1989.
James, John. How we know about the Vikings. New York : P. Bedrick, 1997.
Levy, Janey. At sea on a Viking ship : solving problems of length and weight using the four math operations. New York : PowerKids Press, 2004.
Martell, Hazel. The Vikings. New York : New Discovery Books, 1992.
Millard, Anne. Eric the Red : the Vikings sail the Atlantic. Austin, Tex. : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c1994.
Philip, Neil. Odin's family : myths of the Vikings. New York : Orchard Books, 1996.
Pitkänen, Matti A. The grandchildren of the Vikings. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 1996.
Raum, Elizabeth. What did the Vikings do for me?. Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2011.
Schachner, Judith Byron. Yo, Vikings!. New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002.
Schomp, Virginia. The Vikings. New York : Franklin Watts, c2005.
Wright, Rachel. The Viking news. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1998. 
We are now stretching out our studies some as I speak to him about different personalities from the time period 500 to 1000 AD.  You could use Greenleaf's Famous Men of the Middle Ages to cover some of these personalities (I believe someone else has out a newer copy of these now that include color illustrations, too).
I am using some of the worksheets from this book along with our discussions:
History Of Civilization - The Middle Ages Tim McNeese - 7-12 Milliken Publishing Company Reproduction Book Series : Product Code MP3397-Z 
(Milliken Publishing)
I also utilize various info sheets from a variety of Dover coloring books (which provide good mini-bits of info, even for children who don't like to color), Bellepheron, etc.....
(Not using this one this time, but have used it in past.  It includes some very nice windows....)
And there are many others from which you could choose....
My next reading recommendations included a D'Aulaire book that we own:  Book of Norse Myths and Brian Boru, Emperor of the Irish, which our library no longer carries (of course).  Here is one source for downloading this book to Kindle:
Next, more library books on 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. (Hungarian ancestors) 
The Norse gods. Peterborough, NH : Cobblestone Pub., 2003.
Some of the personalities that we've been discussing a little more include:  Theodosius, Alaric, Constantine, Odavacar, Justinian and Theodora, Theodoric, and Genseric....

I have also been using some of the maps from an old Instructional Fair book that I own that includes map work for the Ancient and Medieval world.  Here is one map that I found online regarding the Roman world:

...and another on the 12 tribes of Israel:

Here are two that we've just used, one on Germanic States around 500 AD and one on Charlemagne's Empire:

Here's a link to the book itself:


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