Books in the Era of Castles and Kings

Books in the Era of Castles and Kings: Medieval & Renaissance books, materials, processes, and readers

Author Visits-Cynthia Wildridge_Books in the Era of Castles and Kings
©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda Le mois de septembre, mois des vendanges, à côté du domaine royal de Saumur, château de Louis II d’Anjou, roi de France.

Books have existed for thousands of years—long before there were computers, cars, electricity, or even the printing press.

How were books made in the era of castles and kings? Who made them? How much did they cost? What materials did they use? How long did it take? Who wrote the stories? What were they about? Were there any pictures? Who read the books? Did they have libraries?

To answer these questions, author Cynthia Wildridge will delve into the details of this interesting and fascinating era.

Children will get to see an ancient manuscript, and various materials that were used to create paper, ink, and Illuminated Manuscripts hundreds of years ago.

Together, we will examine rare manuscripts for images of castles, kings, animals, music, and the way people dressed and worked.

English introduction to Bun E. Learns to Count in French, narrated by Cynthia Wildridge bunetales.com
English introduction to Bun E. Learns to Count in French, narrated by Cynthia Wildridge

Comparing the author’s book with these rare treasures, we’ll look for clues about what inspired her work.

And then we may even create a treasure of our own!

 

Duration:  50 to 60 minutes

This program was created and first presented by Cynthia Wildridge in the French language to students at the Dallas International School.  The program, and optional corresponding workshop, is also available in English.

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