This murder mystery kit contains the party of a lifetime! The setting is the Medieval Times, and the Kings and Queens of England (an some Shakespearean folks) and of surrounding countries have gathered for a party. Students will learn about the history of each character while acting the part. The event is broken into three segments in which guests are provided clues and dialogue cues to learn more about 'whodunit'. A murder will occur during the party, and students will have to share clues in order to solve the mystery! The kit contains host instructions, guest instructions, clues, name tags, character lists, and investigative sheets. 8-29+ guests can participate.
Some characters include: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, The Borgias, Romeo & Juliet, Mary, Queen of Scots, Romeo, Juliet, and more!
1. Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI): He led his family to politics, fortune, and fame through his papacy by controlling rulers and changing political ties to suit his family’s needs.
2. Lucrezia Borgia: A manipulative young girl whose father is trying to marry her off for political allegiance. She is witty and knowledgeable of politics and will use her wisdom and power to secure a good alliance.
3. Romeo: A young, wide-eyed lover boy who is smitten like a kitten with Juliet. Despite his and her family’s protests, he will do all he can to woo her.
4. Juliet: A sweet but simple girl who does not seem to understand the gravity of things such as political allies, what a relationship really is, or the severity of suicide.
5. Othello: The brave and handsome Moorish captain of the Venetian Army. He works hard to protect and serve the love of his life, Desdemona.
6. Desdemona: The beautiful and wealthy Venetian Countess who defies her family by marrying Othello. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks except for her soul mate.
7. Guinevere: The seductive and vindictive wife of Arthur. She has grown bored of his long quest for the Holy Grail and is seeking new forms of entertainment.
8. Merlin: The best friend of Arthur and a sorcerer who knows many forms of magic. He loves teaching and loves to recruit new wizards.
9. Arthur: The original knight in shining armor. Arthur is a workaholic who is only focused on finding the Holy Grail. Will seek assistance from competent and motivated sources.
10. Margaret Beaufort: An independent woman who controls her own life and does not need men at all. She has visions, especially of a Tudor becoming king, and she shares these visions with all who will listen.
11. Edward IV: The strong and confident ruler who stole the throne from Henry VI. While a strong warrior, he is not the sharpest sword in the shed.
12. Lady Woodville: The charming and beautiful wife of King Edward IV. She was born into poverty and encourages other rulers to help the less fortunate.
13. Catherine De’Medici: The domineering and strict mother-in-law of Mary, Queen of Scots. She has many strong beliefs, both in religion and of witchcraft. She is known for her potions.
14. Mary, Queen of Scots: The young and impulsive ruler of Scotland who is learning as she goes. She is quiet a nervous ruler and seeks encouragement from her peers.
15. Catherine of Aragon: The loyal, faithful, and very religious first wife of Henry VIII. Catherine of Aragon’s only desire is to be reunited with her husband and her daughter, Mary I.
16. Pope Clement VII: A pious pope who works in the name of Catholicism and goodness. He has a strict moral compass and will not waver for any reason.
17. Margaret of Anjou: The loyal wife of Henry VI who rules from behind the scenes when her husband cannot function on his own. She is a fierce feminist who believes the dependent ladies need to step up.
18. Henry VI (necessary): The peaceful but crazy ruler who suffers from fits of madness. While in fits, he has been taken advantage of by those he believed to be allies. He is eager to confront his betrayers.
19. Richard III (necessary): A handsome and confident ruler who has overcome many obstacles and gained much wisdom. Now he hopes to find a love to share his successes with.
20. The Kingmaker’s Daughter (necessary): The shy and unconfident daughter of the Kingmaker. While her father hopes she will lead the family to royalty, she is more comfortable being in the shadows.
21. Jane Seymour (necessary): A sweetheart by nature. Jane tries to mend rifts, bring people together, and takes the side of love. A friend and ally to all.
22. Henry VIII (necessary): The impulsive and selfish ruler who loves the ladies and will use them and lose them. He will do anything to have a son, and he blames women for all his troubles.
23. Mary Boleyn: The plain and obedient sister of Anne Boleyn. She does as she is told by her sister in order to advance her family. She has no ambitions of her own.
24. Anne Boleyn: A strong but manipulative woman, trying to be independent in a man’s world. Known for playing games and scheming to get what she wants.
25. The Kingmaker (necessary): Both clever and sneaky, he will make friends who can advance his ambitions. He is no stranger to back stabbing, but will do whatever it takes to bring his family to the throne.
26. Elizabeth I: Known for her goodness and virtue. Elizabeth I is quite naïve but has a big heart. Peace be to all, especially to her beloved mother, Anne Boleyn.
27. Mary I (necessary): The angry, cast-off daughter of Henry VIII. Mary I carries a huge grudge due to her father’s affairs and a life without love. She will do whatever it takes to mend old wounds.
Courtesans: extras for the party
Knights: extras for the party
– round one: Mary, Queen of Scots
During this round, mingle with the other guests to learn about other characters and discuss the following with whomever you choose:
• You are a foreigner who need allies, but you hate the English. Try to win some ladies to your favor. Lucrezia Borgia and Desdemona seem kind.
• Ask Lady Woodville for advice. Should you marry Francis II and claim Elizabeth I’s throne? It’s a controversial move, but you are a confident woman.
• Argue with Catherine De’Medici that witchcraft is not real. Ask her to prove it if you are to go so far as to break your engagement with her son, Francis II.
“I had little contact with the victim. My father, the King of Scotland was a great ruler who had more dealings with him, but I am more concerned by Scotland’s relationship with France. What a tragedy is death, but I had nothing to do with it.”