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Middle Ages Toys


Prior to the industrial revolution, toys pretty much stayed the same.  There were no great advances in toy making, and people were too busy trying to cure the plague and worrying about farming and surviving to find time to create new games and toys for their children.  But, the types of toys they played with varied a little bit from what children of the Ancient Empires played with.One thing that children of the Roman Empire did not have, and in such an ornate fashion, was the baby rattle.  Types of rattles have been found in places like Scotland, made out of an animal bone, but more modern looking baby rattles have been found in pictures of monarchs from Britain and France as late as early as the 1100’s.  They were fairly crude and made out of clay filled with grains to act as the noisemaker.

As children got older, they began to play normal kid games, like dress up and pretend.  Kids would put on clothes to dress up like what they wanted to be.  Dressing up like monks was often as common as dressing as anything else.  And acting out what they wanted to be one day was one of the most popular ways of playing, and the toys were often mini altars built to replicate being at a church.

Wooden stick horses were probably just as common in the Middle Ages and they would be in the past and the future.  However, these toys were very simple.  Often they would not look like horses at all, but were just sticks that the child pretended was a horse.  Peasant children would not have had the money to buy, or the means to create, the nicer hobby-horses.  The wealthier families though often had ornately carved hobby horses painted and made to look beautiful and actually resembled the hobby horses kids would ride in the 20th century.

The oldest, and possibly most popular, toy was the doll.  Dolls for knight, kings, queens, and princesses, were all found throughout the Middle Ages.  They were beginning to modernize though, and features of these dolls that started to appear were things like doll clothes and wraps for swaddling infant dolls.  It wouldn’t be until around the 13th century, though.  Prior to the renaissance, there was too much unrest and movement for many people to start thinking about toys and play.

Another game that was played across Western Europe and England was a type of game played with tops.  Artifacts of dice and tops, similar to the kind you’ll probably find in a kitchen drawer, have been found all over Europe.  It’s unsure if the rules were the same as the modern game, however, but they most likely did not vary from today’s rules.

As time moved into the renaissance and through to the industrial revolution, fabrication of toys and games would grow and improve.  With the growing urbanization, people had more money and time to spend thinking to create toys and games, and we begin to see toys that are recognizable as things we may have played with.

43 Responses to “Middle Ages Toys”

  1. Mickey D says:

    The Middle Ages did indeed extend from around 500 to 1500. The reason they are called the "Middle" Ages is because they are in the middle, in between the Roman Empire, which eventually fell around 500 AD, and the Renaissance, which occurred sometime around 1500 AD. Starting with the Renaissance, the kind of social order, commercial activity, and intellectual ferment that had characterized the Roman Empire, reappeared in the West. So the Middle Ages are called that because they are in between two periods of more or less advanced social organization and intellectual progress. You probably know that a large part of the Middle Ages (how much is in dispute) is called the "Dark Ages" because it was so dark and dreary without that social and intellectual order and progress and the darkness did not end until the Renaissance. (The reason it is in dispute is because many historians now claim that there was plenty of social organization, intellectual ferment, and progress in the Dark Ages–but that is at least doubtful).

  2. Phil says:

    This is a terrible question and really shows that your not doing your job with this essay. The conclusion wraps up points, makes conclusions or statements based on the Body of the Essay which is based on the Thesis. If you want to BS your way through a conclusion by others writing one for you when NO ONE has any IDEA what the rest of your essay consists of then you are painting yourself into the Epic FAIL category.

    If you have this essay written the conclusion is already before your eyes. Wrap up your points, make some arguments or conclusions about them or make a statement based on the three or more points of the essay's body and put a period on it. Trying to get someone else to write a conclusion on a paper when no one but you has any idea what you wrote for the rest of it is just really not a good idea.

  3. ᵸᵃṩᵢᴄᶦṱ☔ says:

    The hobby horse was faster or as fast as your legs would go. The vaulting horse was used in PE and never moved unless dragged to the middle of the sports hall.

  4. kagmi says:

    Well a lot of people seem to have some pretty typical conclusion for you. Your Crazy, sleep deprived, vivid imagination. That's just the kind of physicalist mentality that is ruining the world and institutionalizing perfectly sane people. Any how, from one person who's witnessed miraculous things to another, it is ultimately up to you what you will believe about it. You could adopt the physicalist mentality or you could choose to believe that just maby, something miraculous happened. Something outside the realm of current science and understanding, and something that for the time being it will probably be best to keep personal, and explore in your own ways. Also to share experiences like that your best bet is to speak with elderly people. They are from a time when the world wasn't purely physical, back when people believed in things.

  5. Barbaro says:

    Horse's bones are not weak per se. The problem with the way a horse is designed is that the power comes from the back end but the force of impact is absorbed by the, comparably, weaker front legs.

    Barbaro suffered a catastrophic fracture of his hind leg where the bone shattered into dozens of pieces. If it had been a clean simple break then he may have been able to be saved. However the complex surgery and long recovery required from such an injury was his undoing.

    Your average racehorse weighs about 3/4 of a ton and that weight is meant to be distributed evenly over all four legs. If one leg is unable to carry weight the other three are put under extra strain and can become damaged, as with Barbaro.

    There is no known reason why horses break their legs in such circumstances – some may have a minor hairline fracture that has gone undetected, others may take an awkward step. Thousands of horses race every year and the number of catastrophic breakdowns is something like 1 in every 1000 horses, which is actaully not a great number.

    It is always sad when a horse breaks down like this, but quite often the kindest thing to do is to put them down on the spot. Barbaro was kept alive for months after his accident and his story shows that no matter how much time and money you spend the horse cannot be saved.

  6. FlaChic says:

    You mean besides me? lol
    Mine doesn't do toys- he likes to ski once a year instead.

  7. hv_tiwary says:

    human beings were evolved in nature to make the nature cnscious of supremacy of god and that took time after stage of evolutin of mankind

  8. ahlee123@verizon.net says:

    medieval, takes less characters to type, and no it is not capitalized

  9. Admiraldoor says:

    i assume it resets but im am not sure

  10. Eliane Haykal says:

    No idea if this would be helpful to you, but you could always search this site for photos or illustrations of what you want:

  11. Life. says:

    The first one because it's bigger.

  12. E Prime says:

    As has been stated several times by others, the Holy Roman Empire was not Holy, not Roman, nor an Empire.

    The Byzantine Empire is far more significant in having kept Islam from spreading into most of Europe and in keeping enlightened civilization alive during the dark ages.

  13. pao d historian says:

    see this link

    http://www.roman-empire.net/

  14. dana1981 says:

    Have you not noticed all the sky is falling egg heads that say eggs are very bad for you and then raise a scare and everyone freaks out? Oh what about El ninjo for the weather problems and then its global warming! Did you know that everything causes cancer? They have to do that so they won't lose their grants and federal funding to study why the pug worm is loosing its sexual desire in the south pole! Yes I agree that we should be finding better ways to heat our homes and get from point to point also to feed the planet, but lets not be taken by "could be's" or "maybes"! Think damn it! Oh and by the way the pug worm was made up, but it got you thinking didn't it? Way too many drugs in the 60s and 70s and lies were swallowed and smoked. How about a line of sh*t to go along with that? Look at me look at me! See how smart I am! Yea right! Most of these people can't even figure out what is wrong with their car's when they break down and they want me to believe them when they bark? Forget it! Let's put it this way, not all is wrong and not all is bad, but beware of the lime lighter's who want glory and fame at the price of whats right and true! During the black plague, they believed that bad smells were the cause of the problem and thus comes the rime "a pocket full of posies we all fall down"!

  15. SHEILA H says:

    the hobby horse the vaulting horse didn't no it's head from it's derier.
    the saw horse cut a fine gallop though
    enjoy the day

  16. morobell says:

    They are STILL evil…look at George Bush condoning what the Israelis are doing in the middle east!

    To answer your question..they killed hundreds of thousands of women….for no reason at all.

    It's STILL happening..look at the middle east…

    Matbe in 500 years time people will be asking "So how many people did George Bush directly/indirectly murder during his so-called "war on terror"?.

    Makes you think doesn't it?

  17. CrazyConservative says:

    When your intent is to scare people, it is a convenient thing to use because it is easy for everyone to understand the dangers of rising water. Uncertainty just gives them greater license to exaggerate.

  18. Aero A says:

    i think that maby you could contact brayer or peter stone and maby you could send your models in to get a hand painted coustem model

  19. Joe says:

    We'd be a world of chaos and poverty.

  20. ~Pirate Duchess~ says:

    50 maybe. Middle aged is ok with me. it means I am not old yet

  21. Utley's Hair says:

    Friendo isn't the same one from that commercial with they baby rattle attached is it?

  22. Scott says:

    This sounds similar to how the Egyptians buried their Pharaohs. I can infer that material goods were very important to this person, and even in death, it was important that the things stay with them.

    I know that's not much, but I hope it helps.

  23. Philip says:

    Imperium Magnum; vincere as verb, victus as noun (implies violent conquest. "Conquere", with as noun form "conquestus", means "to gather together, to collect"); Imperium.

    Also, you can just google Latin translators.

  24. ☮ρυяιту♥ says:

    favorite in a shack

  25. Bilbo says:

    A late 17th century English Nursery Rhyme which occurs in a Restoration play called The Campaigners.by Thomas D'Urfey, which spawned the clapping game which remained popular ever since.

  26. Scott B says:

    90% of the people behind bars for murder aquired their guns illegally. So if we take away the right to bear arms, then only the criminals will have them. You should also know that roughly 30-40% of inmates are illegal aliens who have committed crimes on our soil.

  27. Lucy says:

    i had a ex boyfriend years ago who asked me the same question hence the ex
    then i met my husband who understands that i love horses its part of me thats who i am
    he is not a horse lover but still does take an intrest [well he checks on them when i go somewhere else] i have 2 oldies but as one is forty im thinking maybe this winter [you know what im trying to say] my husband suggested i get another horse so im looking

  28. No Splash Without Log says:

    The first one. "Let's-a-go."

  29. Evan Anderson says:

    its Dracula, Dracula is the one inside the coffin

  30. bar_enosh says:

    Because their religion took so many Pagan holidays, they feel it is necessary to persecute those who are of Pagan origin to make sure that there is no evidence of their plagiarism.

  31. Steelers says:

    West becomes an extremely relative term living on a (near) spherical planet, but I'd say one of the best examples is pollution in China.

  32. ṉïсølε[Is waiting for Abi] says:

    Not on age, but it should depend on when you're ready to maybe have a child if it happens. You're right, some "adults" aren't any more ready for that step than a teenager.

  33. tysavage2001 says:

    "Big" with Tom Hanks. Good Luck ! :)

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  35. John says:

    As it not the only country in the "United Kingdom" Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are in it aswell hence the United!!!

  36. Luke says:

    Different: One is East and the other is West.
    Same: Both Europe.

  37. BieberHasSwags says:

    Play new games, say new names

  38. blardjosh says:

    This isn’t from a dinosaur video game, it’s Monsterpack’s content pack, “Ancient Empires: Persia” for game developers, so they can buy models such as trees, buildings, props and whatnot without having to make the models themselves.

  39. whynotminot1 says:

    stupid idiot charlamagne who destroyed the real roman empire commenced holy roman empire/not constantine.

  40. history says:

    14 Wearable Bone Adornments – These Skeletal Accessories Feature Real Animal Bone (CLUSTER) –

  41. Ronald MCrea says:

    Games are good on laptops…better than consoles.
    Decrease the graphics settings and you better change your Processor i.e. i5 to something more compatible with the new games that hit the market.
    Your graphic card also has to replaced!

  42. FuntimeGal100 says:

    Holy Roman Empire plays… I'm hoping Prussia's not last again (in most mixes I've watched, Prussia's last)… Prussia comes up straight after xDD

  43. NT says:

    "Century" carries both meanings.

    1901-2000 is a century in the Gregorian calendar, as in "I was born in the 20th century, but I will die in the 21st century."

    Also, any period of 100 consecutive years is a century, as in "My grandmother lived for a over a century, dying at age 103."

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