Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

History and Geography Meme 172: Medieval History in Literature: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning


First verse The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning

Technically speaking the poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, is not Medieval literature as it was written in 1842, but since its subject is Medieval, we are studying it during our Medieval studies. The earliest known record of the story is from the town of Hamelin, which is a real town in Germany, and is depicted in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin, which dates to around 1300 The church was destroyed in 1660, but several written accounts of the story have survived. 
Although the earliest references describe a piper, dressed in multicolored clothing, the rats were first added to the story from about 1559 and then the pied piper became a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, he retaliates by turning his power that he put in his instrument on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. Some theories have been proposed suggesting that the Pied Piper was a symbol of hope to the people of Hamelin which was attacked by plague. He moved all the rats out from the town of Hamelin and thus saving the people from the epidemic disease.  Others think that the story's disappearance of the children are also related to the plague, which may have taken their lives.
Whether or not this part is true, the story gives reason behind the 130 children who disappeared from the town of Hamelin in 1228. Other theories are that the children left town to join the Children's Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem, or that because of overpopulation in Hamelin, a group of young people were sent away to colonize lands in eastern Europe.  

What history and geography studies have you been doing this week?
I have really enjoyed the community of homeschoolers we have built here and I encourage you to check out the links you may not have seen and make a comment on the posts.

As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any history and geography topic to this meme every Thursday.

Multicultural Kid Blogs
Don't forget to link up to the Multicultural Kids Blog's Blog Hop each month.

  Remember that I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.
You might want to check out the Pinterest board and see all the past posts.
Follow Phyllis Bergenholtz's board History and Geography Meme on Pinterest.

Please include this button on either the post you have linked or your sidebar or mention All Things Beautiful History and Geography meme in your post with a link. All posts that do not link directly to a history or geography post will be deleted.
All Things Beautiful


  1. Interesting story! I recall reading about that when I was a child too - as a Russian fairy tale :)

  2. Huh, I hadn't thought of when it was written. You did a good bit of research.


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It means so much.