A Lesson in Medieval Heraldry and Coats of ArmsPosted by Krissy Ponden
This year for our annual Winterfest project students in seventh grade created detailed Coats of Arms to represent either their own ancestry, or an imagined family history. They researched their names and also learned about the rules of heraldry, the way by which people identified their birth order and status in Medieval times. The students designed a crest, or coat of arms, with symbols and images that represented them or appealed to them and painted their designs in bold colors. They also added a banner at the bottom with either a family name or a phrase. Some students even chose to use a foreign language to signify their heritage. The richly ornamented finished projects were displayed around the castle walls during the Winterfest production.
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