Ask the class to recount their experiences at the medieval banquet hall-theme parks where knights joust and wenches serve food and drink. How do these banquet-hall companies package the medieval experience? How "authentic" did the experience feel?
Ask half the class to argue that we have not made any progress since the fourteenth century. Ask the other class to argue that human nature has indeed progressed. Make sure to get the debaters to define progress as they go.
Casting the fourteenth century
Whom would you cast in a cinematic or theatrical production of A Distant Mirror? Which students or actors from your school would you cast in the leading roles? Which Hollywood actors would you cast as Enguerrand? His daughters? The kings and popes?
A Distant Mirror--The Musical
Compose songs and choreograph some dances for a musical version of "A Distant Mirror."
Spoofing the fourteenth century
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