100 Facts Knights and Castles is a non fiction book for kids aged 7+, bursting with exactly 100 mind-blowing facts, awesome images and fun activities to help children learn everything they need to know about medieval soldiers and their castles.
• Kids learn more easily with bitesized information.
• Photographs and artworks aid children who learn through visual prompts.
• Activities allow children to put what they have learned into practice.
100 Facts Knights and Castles contains key topics about knights and castle life of the Middle Ages in easily-digestible, numbered facts. Every page features detailed illustrations and colourful photographs that bring the text to life.
Essential topics covered in 100 Facts Kings and Queens:
• The feudal system, from the peasant class to the barons of the castle
• The changing designs of armour and improvements in castle battle and fortress defences
• How to be a brave knight in the Middle Ages
Examples of 'I don't believe it' fascinating facts:
• Soldiers called 'retrievers' used to run into the middle of the battle and collect up all the spare arrows.
• Some knights cheated in jousts by wearing special armour that was fixed onto the horse's saddle!
• The ropes used to wind up siege catapults were made from plaits of human hair!
Activities to make learning accessible and interactive include:
• The first letter of a manuscript, the 'illuminated letter', was much larger than the others and was decorated with pictures and patterns. Recreate this with your own name!
• Quiz question: Why did knights start to display a coat of arms?
• Design your own coat of arms using the basic rules of heraldry in this book. You need coloured paints, a paintbrush, thick white paper and a black felt pen
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