Children to Benefit from New Knights and Castles Kids App
London, 6 June 2011
- Children across the world can today (6 June) learn about heroic knights, courtly love and historic castles at the touch of a button, as Encyclopædia Britanni,ica releases its latest educational mobile app.
- Knights and Castles, which has been released on iTunes looks at the rise of the chivalric knight and knightly orders, life inside a medieval castle and further medieval legends.
- Aimed at children aged 8 – 12, the app is sourced from Britannica’s expert curriculum-based content, and is specifically designed to help them with homework, projects and exams, when looking at the middle ages.
- The app also includes exclusive Britannica content on:
- The complete A – Z of Arthurian Knights
- The history of castles in Europe
- A history of Knighthood
- Daily life as a Knight
- Further information on life in the Middle Ages
- Priced at £4.99, the app is packed with facts, interactive features, quizzes and games, bringing chivalric knights and historic castles to life. It is available for download on the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
- Ian Grant, Managing Director of Encyclopædia Britannica UK, said: “Educational apps are fast becoming one of the most important learning platforms in the 21st century. Not only do they deliver interesting and relevant content at the touch of a button, they are a great way of keeping children engaged while they explore new topics and subjects.”
- “We’re excited to release Knights and Castles as part of Britannica’s on-going commitment to providing topical and expert content for all of our users.”
- Knights and Castles is the latest in a series of informative and educational mobile apps developed by Britannica. Other titles in the series include Volcanoes, Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Aztecs, Solar Systems and Rainforests.
- Each app is themed around an individual national curriculum topic and are available on www.britannica.co.uk/apps.
- Top Ten Facts about Knights and Castles:
- A Knight’s education began at the age of seven
- Before becoming a Knight, a young man would serve as a page, a squire and then an armour-bearer to a nobleman
- Knights were “dubbed” (officially given the title) at the age of 21
- Knights were governed by the Chivalric Code of Religion, Honour and Courtesy
- The word comes from the Old English word “cniht”, meaning horseman
- Most castles were built in Europe between AD 800 and 1400
- Keep castles began to appear in the 1100s as builders preferred to use stone over wood
- Castle walls were often more than 4.6 metres thick
- The castle’s defences were managed by the constable, who commanded the guard
- Castles were often self-contained, with kitchens, storehouses, stables and other buildings to serve the residents
Notes to editors:
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- About Britannica Online & Mobile:
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- In 2002 Britannica introduced Britannica Online School Edition, a comprehensive reference and education service specially designed for primary and secondary schools. It has undergone several significant upgrades in the years since.
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- In 2011 Britannica launched six titles in a series of educational mobile applications for children. The Ancient Romans, Ancient Egypt, Solar System, Volcanoes, Rainforests and Dinosaurs apps will be followed by a further 60 project-based programmes later in the year.
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