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).
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.
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
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
Leman An illicit lover.
Lord An owner of land who exchanged fief (land) with a knight for
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.
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
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.
'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