Medieval Party

Medieval Party


Use a long rectangular table to set up the feast.  Use a bright majestic purple piece of fabric for a runner with a smaller golden fabric on top.  At a local party store or toy store, get some plastic shields and swords and hang them on the wall in the party room.  Drape the same fabric as the table runner like banners on the wall.  Light plenty of candles (in safe places) throughout the party room and on the dinner table.
Play the soundtrack from Braveheart, Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, or Camelot softly in the background. Also, play any of these movies without sound on a television in the party room or dining area. As your guests arrive, have someone dressed as a court jester play the trumpet as they enter the party room.  If possible, print name cards at the table setting for your guests on parchment paper to make them look more medieval.   For the picture backdrop, create a coat of arms and include a funny saying (i.e. Bravery to those who rideth on thou dragon’s back, etc.).  Surround it by gold and purple balloons (balloons look great as a backdrop in a picture).

MEDIEVAL DICTIONARY
Aggress                                  To expect.
Alderbest                                Good wishes.
Allure                                      In a castle, it is a walkway on a wall.
Angolan battle-axe                A weapon with a blade attached to a wooden handle.
Arcane                                      Secret or mysterious.
arit sickle                                   Sickle with a half-moon blade mounted on a short handle.
armet                                        A closed helmet with a rounded cap with two cheek pieces overlapping at the front.
baculus                                     A heavy club made of hardwood with a knotty striking head.
bailey                                        The defended part of the courtyard of a castle.
ball & chain                               A type of flail used in Europe with a metal ball and a short wooden handle by a chain.
Barbican                                    The gateway that defends the drawbridge.
Battering Ram                           A machine used to break a castle's weak spot.
Battlement                                 A wall built on an allure to keep archers from being attacked.
Besotted                                    To become intoxicated by a person.
Bevee                                         A group of drinkers.
Boda                                          A messenger.
Brandle                                     To dance - shake.
buckler                                     A small round shield carried by infantry.
Caught you red handed'        A thief's hand was dipped in berry dye and would soak into the thief's skin and stain the hand for several weeks.  This was done as 
                                                  an act of public humiliation.  
chanfron                                  The armour for a horse's head.
Chevese                                   A mistress.
chivalry                                    A knights' code of behavior/ethics.  Based on honesty, integrity,
                                                   bravery and protecting the weak.
Climbeth                                  To climb.
Coat of Arms                            A symbol used by knights to show their family line and
                                                  accomplishments.  Typically had a motto (i.e. Serve the King).
Coffer                                       The treasury, a chest to keep valuables and money.
cog                                           A large sailing ship
Commoner                               Lowest class of people - poor.
Curtain Wall                             A castle wall that protects the courtyard or another important place.
Deerworth                                Beloved, precious.
Don’t kill the messenger'        In medieval times, a person of lower status was sent to a rival
                                                   kingdom or house to deliver unfavorable news.  The
                                                   receiver of the message would express their rage by killing or
                                                   imprisoning the messenger.  
Drawbridge                              A heavy timber platform built to span a moat between a barbican
                                                  and the surrounding land. It could be raised when required to
                                                  block entrance to the castle.
Dungeon                                 A jail in the basement or underground
Ferly                                         sudden, strange, wonderful, frightful
Fief                                           Land given by lord to knights.
Foe                                           Enemy
Freelance                                 William of Normandy promised to reward each and every "free
                                                 lance" (someone carrying a lance) that joined him in
                                                 conquering England with land and money.
Gate House                              A system of doors and walls to protect the main entrance of a
                                                 castle.
Gauntlet                                   Armored glove.
Get off your high horse'          Nobles were given a taller breed of horse to ride to show their
                                                  higher status and authority and commoners would use
                                                  this phrase on each other when one was acting more
                                                  authoritative than he was allowed to.
Gilded                                       Anything covered with a thin layer of gold-leaf.
Give the cold shoulder'           To get rid of unwanted or obnoxious guests at a feast.  The
                                                  unwanted guest was served a cold shoulder of
                                                  meat - the toughest and least desired portion of meat to give a
                                                  hint that they were not wanted.  
Javelle                                        A rascal.
Joust                                        Combat between knights where they charge at each other on
                                                 horses and strike each other with lances.  To show who
                                                  is the strongest.
Keep                                        The last defensive position of a castle.
King                                         The supreme ruler, thought to be made so by God himself
Knight                                      A brave man who would go to war in exchange for fief from his
                                                 lord. They were mostly fearsome mounted warriors.
                                                 Appointed by the king for showing generosity, bravery and
                                                courtesy.
Leman                                    An illicit lover.
Lord                                       An owner of land who exchanged fief (land) with a knight for
                                               protection.
Louke                                     An accomplice.
Mace                                      A short weapon similar to a heavy club.
Medieval                                Relating to the Middle Ages. Characteristics of medieval times
                                               includes knights, chivalry, kings and castles.
Misdeme                                To misjudge or give trust / credibility in error.
Moat                                      A deep ditch that surrounds a castle that is filled with water that
                                               made it more difficult for enemies to attack.
No forr                                   No matter.
Nobleman                              A man born into a wealthy family - often living in castles and help
                                                the king keep order in his kingdom.
Prithee                                   Please.
Privy                                        A bathroom.
Run the gauntlet'                   A gauntlet was not only protective equipment - during a
                                               tournament, a gauntlet consisted of a pathway through a series
                                                of obstacles and dangerous events that the runner would attempt
                                                to overcome.
Runneth                                Run
Shalt, Shall                            Will
Siege                                    The military tactic involving surrounding and isolating a castle,
                                             town or strong point by an army until the trapped forces
                                              are starved into surrender, or taken by treachery or assault.
Sleepeth                               Sleep
Swimmeth                              Swim
Thine                                     Ours
Thou                                      You
'Throw down the gauntlet'  Challenge to a duel by removing gauntlets.
Vassal                                    A freeman or peasant who owes his loyalty to a lord normally
                                                because of land or money
Yonder                                   An indicated place