Olde English Faire teaches kids about the 14th Century

By Alyssa Donovan

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM CDT

Children and their families had the chance to learn from the merchants, athletes and artists of the 14th century firsthand at wildlife prairie state park.

Chuck Bell who portrayed Father Godwin at the Faire said, "They don't teach a lot of medieval history in school so we're taking the chance."

Bell taught children about the life of monks and 14th century fashion.

He said, "A lot of things that we take for granted today started in the 14th century, for instance, if you wear a jacket or shirt with sleeves on it... That's a design that came about in the 14th century."

Other teachers were not in character at all, just being themselves.

Lamp Worker Alan Gardner has been working with glass for over 40 years.

While onlookers are drawn to him by the fire and artwork, Gardner says children can learn a lot from the art of glass blowing.

Gardner said, "They can learn all kinds of things from how vessels are being made, to the chemistry of glass and how gravity works on glass and different objects."

But one of the most eye catching events of the day was the jousting tournament.

Children learned the rules of the game and the dangers that came with being a jouster.

I also met the King's royal falconer, Sir Robert Chesman. Chesman was teaching a class on birds of prey.

Chesman said, "Not only do they learn about the natural history of these incredible birds but their role in our environment. On top of that the relationships of falconry throughout the ages."

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