The Game of Medieval Life can help anyone understand what life was
for ordinary medieval folk, and not so ordinary folk.
The game is set between about 1000 and 1485 AD taking us from Æthelred
Unready to the Wars of the Roses. This was an age when the poor
struggled and famine, disease and death were a part of everyday
Women lived restricted lives – even the rich ones. And religion
every aspect of your life, and death. It was a time of soaring
cathedrals, horrific plagues and vicious wars. But people still
to have fun despite all the dangers and hardships. Join our merry
and step into their shoes (if they have any) and follow their
as they live their medieval lives.
Who invented ye game?
I did. I am Emily Greig and you can see me in the introductory video. I
in Oxford in the UK and the game’s history began 35 years ago when I was
still at school. I really, really wanted to be a historian but nobody
my vision (I was not considered mature enough). But my love for history
survived and I have shared my quest for historical knowledge with my
and dearest. I dragged a bored boyfriend around churches in Spain,
around museums with my children trailing behind, enrolled on multiple
history courses and persuaded local children to join my school history
clubs. The Game of Medieval Life is my most creative idea for bringing
period of history alive.
Will, a struggling peasant who benefits from
disease that kills half his neighbours
Will's son, Tom, who makes good after getting
apprenticeship in a nearby town. His job involves a lot of smelly
Bess, the Lord of the Manor's daughter,
for the freedom to make her own decisions and hold onto her father's
Hugo, the knight, who wants to do what is right
honourable, and to kill people.
Agnes, the nun, who is genuinely pious and goes
a piligrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. She is astonished when she
finally gets there.
Gilbert, the priest who is definitely not pious
always lands on his feet with a pie in his hand.
How does ye game
The aim of the game is to be the first to reach your life’s goal at the
of the path. Make your way along the path of life facing all the turds
triumphs that medieval life offers.
Each player decides which character they want to become. Rolling the dice
moves you through your life but it’s not always a straight path, there
lots of problems to face and you may end up going backwards. But don’t
worry, there are plenty of triumphs waiting for you too.
Random events can enrich your life or make it even worse. Answering Quite
Tricky questions and Really Tricky questions correctly can transform
life; how much do you know about medieval times? There’s plenty of poo,
ignorance and disease to dodge as you fulfil your destiny. Medieval
were often short so make the most of every roll of the dice, it may be