domenica 17 maggio 2009

Chapter 4 A plan to kill Tristam

The day after, Remigius got up very early and went into his laboratory to find out a way to kill Tristam. He was reading a book about poisoned potions, when he thought that the best way to kill Tristam was to send him in a mission. But he needed someone who invented a particular mission, so he sent a servant to call Rottbarth. Rottbarth arrived and asked the cause of the call. Remigius explained:

“We could send Tristam to a mission and, during it, he could be killed!”,

“But we aren’t sure that he’ll die during the mission!”

the knight replied.

Oh, my sir! You shall send him to a mission in a very far place and I’ll prepare a potion which kills him. So, while he’s in that place, I’ll put the potion in his glass and when he drinks it, he’ll die!”.

Rottbarth was very happy and he thought that the best place, where to send Tristam, could be Venice. He ran into his room, took paper and inkpot and he started to write:

Lord John Tower of Liverpool asks Tristam of London for a help. The Lord wants the knight to come to Venice in his winter residence and to do a service for him. The Lord can’t tell more, but he waits for Tristam in the forest near Venice on the 3rd of February at 10.00.


Lord John Tower.

When he finished, he took the coat of arms of Lord John Tower and he signed the letter.

Oh, I forgot, Rottbarth was the son of Lord Tower’s cousin, so he could have his coat of arms!

He sent the letter to Tristam and then he relaxed. On the same day, Tristam received the letter, while he was with Iseult. She was very happy when he read the letter: Iseult had wanted to go to Venice for many years, but Tristam stopped her happiness, because he said:

“You can’t come with me, it could be dangerous for you! It’s better you stay at home!”.

Iseult replied fast:

“I’ll go with my retinue and guards; you mustn’t worry for me! You know that I can’t bear staying without you! Oh, Tristam, don’t be bad, you are so kind! And…Venice is such a wonderful place!”.

All day she continued to ask Tristam to go with him and, at night, the knight couldn’t stand any more her words, so he accepted to take her with him.

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Romance: from middle age to our days

Ecco quet che le carte empton di sogni,
Lancliotto, Tristano e gil altri erranti,
Onde conven che il voigo errante agogni.

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Ist step Introduction



· E mails

· PPt presentation about their country and local reality

· Chat session (after the first contacts)

2nd step web quest

Students investigate the web quest and make a web quest about middle age – website review

The desired outcome of this Quest upon the Web is that you, the student, will have gained knowledge of Middle age, been enriched by having read one of the classic romances of all time.

You will be part of a group of four who will work together in order to complete the tasks. Each group member will accept one role, do all the research needed for that role, and teach the others in your group the knowledge you have gained. The final project will be to creatively present to the class what you have learned. This may be done by combining your individual work into a display or presentation, or you may wish to be creative and do something entirely different. Whatever the case, working together is essential.

Enjoy your tasks and the role you choose

The Process

The Knight

This task, should you choose to accept, is to discover what it was like to be a knight in this period. Find out what his typical day was like, his hobbies . Show it in a 2 page paper or ppt

The everyday man

You will need to find out how someone lived in a village or in a town (choose two or three of the topics offered). Learn what type of food was served; what was the popular entertainment; what were the roles of men and women. After collecting your information, write a two page paper comparing your life as a student in the 21st century to what your life would have been like in that period.

The Historian

As an historian, if this is your choice of roles, you have a longing to find out as much as you can about the historical background of the country you have chosen ..

The Student

You task is to find out about the intellectuals of that

Period and their audience.

Then you have to prepare a set of 15 questions your friends and you are likely to answer.

3rd step romances investigation

Students investigate romances and describe/discuss what they are after having already investigated it with their Italian and history teachers.

4th step production

Students create their own modern day or traditional romance – exchange work between schools.(interaction)

The written romance could be sent to - a website for young people to submit their written work and get it published online

5th step: being more and more creative

they create a story for children or a video

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