Meet The Medieval Crusader

by  The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life (Canada)

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It is estimated that close to 100,000 people left Europe to take part in the First Crusade. Most of them were peasants, and most never returned home. There were many subsequent crusades, but none could claim the same degree of "success" as the First Crusade, which achieved its objective of capturing Jerusalem.

The character for this session is a peasant, reflecting the often overlooked role of peasants in medieval warfare.

This crusader can discuss his motivations for going on the journey, describe the journey itself, recount the battles and sieges, and reflect on the aftermath.

He is also prepared to discuss all facets of medieval life in order to give an understanding of the background of the crusaders, such as the manor system, agriculture, religion, daily life, gender roles, crime & punishment, warfare, health, family life, social hierarchy, and entertainment.

The students and teacher direct the discussion through their questions. The peasant will have on hand farm tools, weapons, sports equipment, and coins, and can teach them a medieval dance with live music on the bagpipes.

The peasant's home is an accurate reproduction of a medieval interior wall inside a home in the English village of Tintinhull.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

Since we are in Canada, the price may need to be modified, depending on the current exchange rate.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 40 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We are willing to make every effort possible to re-schedule when necessary, but sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be billed in full, unless there are severe circumstances, such as illness, weather, and school closure.

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The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life (Canada)

Sheffield, Ontario

The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life preserves, studies, and teaches broad elements of rural heritage, with a specific focus on the history of the village of Sheffield, Ontario, and a wider focus on the medieval European background of North American rural culture.

Marty Pullin

Program Details


1. The presentation begins with the peasant welcoming the group to his home and telling them about himself.
2. Students are invited to ask any questions they would like to ask, and the peasant shapes his answers to ensure that the major facets of the First Crusade and life in medieval times get covered, and the large supply of medieval artifacts are used to help explain.
3. If desired by the teacher, the peasant will teach the students a traditional dance, and will then play live music for them while they dance.
4. The remaining time is for final questions.


The participant will:
-interview a character from the past
-explore the events of the First Crusade
-investigate daily life in the middle ages
-participate in a traditional dance
-observe the technology used in medieval times

Standards Alignment

National Standards

* Understands selected attributes and historical developments of societies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe

The student in grades 5-12 should understand
* the redefining of European society and culture, 1000-1300 CE.