Playmobil captured the medieval time period with these amazing Children Toys
Playmobil captured the medieval time period with these amazing children toys. As you know Medieval history is defined as the middle period between ancient and modern history. Some scholars have wished to do away with the term entirely and to use only two divisions, ancient and modern. In fact, in Oriental history there is no medieval period. But most folks prefer to keep the threefold division for European history. This is due largely to the fact that the medieval period can be presented with greater unity than either ancient or modern, and Playmobil did a superb job of presenting this era in these toys.
You have Vikings, Knights, Castles, Kings and Queens of small kingdoms, all part of the Medieval history which began with the disintegration of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, the ruin of Paganism and the migrations of Germanic tribes into the heart of Europe can be felt with these amazing toys. Without arguing the merits of the various dates which may be assigned for the end of the Middle Ages, one can see all stages of this era in the Medieval Playmobil world. This world existed ruffly from the year 500 AD to 1500 AD. During this period of 1,000 years, the most marked characteristic is the dominant influence of the Church. The most important peoples are the Germanic tribes, who emerged slowly from barbarism, and gradually assimilated some of the features of the Roman civilization. Based upon the ruins of the older rose a new civilization which cased a radical transformation in political, social and religious ideals.
1993 Era Medieval Playmobil Figures, Scribe, Knights, and a King
Vintage Playmobil Castles & Figures are become Antique Items
In the photo above are Playmobil figures that includes a Castle Temple Dragon Prince with Shield and Crown from set #3841 and various figures from set #3649. in very nice condition, Pre-owned, vintage Playmobil Castles and figures are become known as antique items, and have had a history, and can show age, or character flaws, when you find a set in mint condition you have made a great addition to your collection.
Knights Treasure Room, A Playmobil Medieval Castle Diorama
Playmobil showed Attention to details, & Knowledge of History
You can see the attention to details in these toys, and the knowledge of the history of this era by the creators at Playmobil. The contrast between Romans and Germans are seen in the armor and the the very castles and costumes of the toys themselves. The Romans had a highly developed and very complex civilization. From their Greek subjects, they had acquired the knowledge of art, literature, science and philosophy. Under the Roman peace, an active commerce had grown up through the empire, supplying to each province the products of all the other. In law and administration the Romans had reached such excellence that we still imitate them. Moreover, Christianity had become the state religion.
The Germans were barbarians, having the virtues and vices of their savage state, and resembling, in many respects, the North American Indians. But they were a vigorous race, with a great capacity for learning. Some of them had been converted to Christianity before they entered the Roman Empire, but most of them were still pagans.
Constant Warfare & Each Strong Lord sought Greater Power
Playmobil showed the age of Chivalry in these well made Toys
Below is a awesome Playmobil Knights Castle Defense Tower, A lovely Light Gray in color, and three levels tall. It is a custom creation and does not have a set number. This is an older style of Playmobil with connectors known as Steck system aka Clic system. It is 3 stories tall and a great addition to your castle defenses
A 1993 Playmobil number 4177 Knight Carry Case & Accessories
Parts included: Brown horse with saddle, halter, bridal, Standard staff w/purple banner, two black banners, Jousting pole, Fire pit, Torch, Short handled ax, Short handled double headed ax, Light long handled ax, Dark long handled ax, Light long spear, Dark short spear, Bow, Mace, Arrows, belt, quiver, Crossbow, Money belt, Three silver swords, Ball and chain, Barbarian shield, Blue shield, Dark helmet w/purple plume, Light helmet with blue plume, Light breast plate, Dark breast plate, Light arm plates, Dark arm plates, Dagger, Dagger belt, Silver wristlets, Hat with yellow plume and the Knight.
As you can see a lot of Accessories come with the Knight 4177
Paymobil knew the Medieval Era and the Toys show this Detail
A great deal of study and work about the Medieval era went into these toys. The Roman Empire had for creatures held the barbarians in check, by the prestige of its name, by the payment of tribute or by the policy of exciting dissension among its enemies. This last is well summed up in the Roman proverb, Divide et impera, which may be paraphrased, "Cause divisions and strife among those whom you fear and thus rule over them." In the latter part of the 4th century however, the terrors inspired by the advance of the Huns into Europe, the knowledge of the weakness of the Roman Empire and their own desire for more fertile lands, caused the Visigoths to enter upon their great migrations. Their example was followed by other German tribes and the movement continued throughout the 5th and 6th centuries. By the year 600 all the European portion of the Western Empire, except a few positions in Italy, was held by the Germans.
Playmobil Knights Castle Defense Tower, Light Gray, 3 levels tall
Feudal anarchy are key features in the Playmobil Medieval World
Playmobil castles, and feudal anarchy are key features in the Playmobil Medieval world. There was constant warfare as each strong lord sought to obtain greater power or a more independent position. On the other hand, each king tried to increases his own feudal holdings by conquest or marriage. Every vassal was anxious to avoid all the feudal services that he could, and, at the same time, to exact as much as possible from the people subject to him. Commerce was burdened with excessive tolls in each fief and exposed to the depredation of the robber barons. Little attention was paid to maintaining roads and bridges, consequently travel was difficult as well as dangerous. As a whole, the feudal regime tended to isolate each fief and to reduce the peasantry to misery. If is significant that the tern "Dark Ages," formerly applied to the whole of the Middle Ages, is often used now for the 9th and 10th centuries.
Vikings with a Long Ship and Army of Vikings in their Camp
Playmobil knew the history of Chivalry & Decadence of Knights
Playmobil knew the history of Chivalry and the decadence of the knights. In the 12th century, the clergy and the knights formed the aristocracy. The latter, too, and their period of great splendor. The ideals of chivalry, which became preeminent in the 12th century,were inculcated by the Church, and the knights were often likened to the clergy as a class specially set apart by their religious vows. These ideals were also inculcated by the new literature, which glorified not only bravery and loyalty, but also generosity and luxury.
Vikings Long Ship & Army of Vikings, A Unique set by Playmobil
Medieval life can be found in many Playmobil Medieval Dioramas
The lust for fame and wealth led to the ruin of many of the knights. Their income, arising from feudal dues, was relatively fixed. As their tastes expanded and they expended more upon luxuries, they fell into debt. The rate of interest was ruinous and they were unable to pay. Consequently many were compelled to alienate their fiefs: the monarchs and other lords of large fiefs absorbed the lesser fiefs,and there was a tendency for the knight to become retainers of the more wealthy. There consequence as a class declined in comparison with the growing importance of the merchants. The development of strong infantry forces finally deprived them of their per-eminence in military matters. The whole spectrum of medieval life can be found in many Playmobil medieval dioramas