Monday, November 21, 2011

Coat of Arms/Wappen




With the help of Design Your Own Coat of Arms, Jonathan has come up with his own coat of arms.  He tried to use German and American colors.  We are enjoying our Medieval studies with many different books. Our spine books are The Story of the Church and The Old World and America.  We then add in many living books.  To learn about the first "missionaries" we chose the German book Columban and the English book Augustine Came to Kent.  Now we are learning about Queen Eleanor with the book Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World.  She must have been a remarkable woman.  We have reached the chapter about Thomas Becket's murder.  Seven years ago we were standing at the spot where Becket was murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral.  It's too bad that Jonathan doesn't remember that.

Mit Hilfe des Buches Design Your Own Coat of Arms hat Jonathan sich einen eigenen Schild ausgedacht.  Er hat versucht deutsche und amerikanische Farben zu benutzen.  Wir haben viel Spaß mit unseren Mittelalterstudien.  Unsere Hintergrundsbücher sind The Story of the Church und The Old World and America.  Dann benutzen wir auch viele "lebendige" Bücher.  Die ersten Missionare haben uns die Bücher Columban und Augustine Came to Kent näher gebracht.  Im Moment lesen wir eine spannende Biographie über die Königin Eleonore von Aquitanien mit dem Buch Queen Eleanor.  Sie muß eine erstaunliche Frau gewesen sein.  Heute haben wir den Mord von Thomas Becket erreicht.  Vor sieben Jahren haben wir in der Kathedrale von Canterbury gestanden und die Stelle gesehen, wo er ermodert worden ist.  Leider kann sich Jonathan daran nicht mehr erinnern.



6 comments:

  1. One of my favorite time periods to study! Ever since I was a child, I've always been fascinated with the middle ages. Augustine Came to Kent is a super book. I got an extra copy for my niece who was living in England at the time. She loved it. I've been to Canterbury Cathedral as well.

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  2. I don't know so much about the Middle Ages because we skipped them in school! We went from the Romans straight to Prussia. I don't know what happened there, probably not enough teachers. Germany is so full of medieval history, but it never made much sense to me. With our new knowledge it would be great to go back and look at everything again. When did you visit Canterbury?

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  3. I was last there in the 1970's. We used to live in Frankfurt, Germany and traveled quite a bit to surrounding countries. My mother's favorite places to visit was cathedrals, castles, and art museums. She loved history and art, so I got a lot of exposure to this as a child.

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  4. That's so nice of your mother that she showed you so many things. Sometimes children don't appreciate this exposure, but when you get older you are glad you have been able to experience so much.

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  5. Yes, I didn't appreciate it until I was older. Actually, I used to think everyone did these things! Ha,ha. It's funny how young people think everyone is the same. Those experiences made a great impression on me, and it has made my life richer.

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  6. I also had a time when I didn't like to look at just another museum, gallery, or church, but many things stayed with me after all. It's funny how you thought everybody did so much sightseeing. I remember my first encounter with Canada and my assumptions about what people do or don't do. That must have been similar to what you thought.

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