What is the Middle Ages?
The Middle Ages (adjectival form: medieval, mediaeval or mediæval) is a period of European history encompassing the 5th to the 15th centuries. It is the middle period of the traditional three-period division of Western history into Classical, (e.g. Ancient Greek and Roman) Medieval and Modern.
When was it?
Download the document to see your first assessment for this unit: The Middle Ages- when was it?

1066 and all that

1066AD is a year that changed many aspects of Medieval life in England. In January 1066, the King of England, Edward the Confessor, named Harold Godwin, an Earl, as his successor on his deathbed. At least three other men including William of Normandy (Normandy was and is a province in present day France) rejected Harold Godwin's coronation (when a person is crowned Queen or King). William of Normandy was particularly angry as he claimed that Harold swore an oath over the Bible in 1064 that he would support William's claim to the English throne when King Edward died.
Hence, in autumn of 1066 William and his army set sail for England from Normandy. The armies and cavalry of Harold Godwin and William of Normandy met on the 14th October 1066 at the Battle of Hastings.
The video below is a animation based on the events leading up to the Norman invasion of England and subsequent Battle of Hastings. It uses illustrations from the Bayeux Tapestry- an embroidered illustration of the Norman conquest produced after the event.
animated bayeux Tapestry.avi

The Norman Conquest of England changed many aspects of Medieval life in England from the feudal system to religion.

What were Medieval life and society like?1. The feudal systemRead the information on the following document and complete the exercises at the end: How did the Feudal System work?- worksheet.docxNow fill in the three blanks on the diagram showing the hierarchy of a Feudal society: Illustrated hierarchy of the Feudal system - exercise.docx
You are now ready to play the feudal game!! feudalcards.pdf

2. Medieval castlesCastles were an important and prominent feature of many Medieval towns and cites. They were designed primarily for the purposes of defence and many were built on the sites of old Roman forts. Your first individual assignment in this unit is to design and build a traditional motte and bailey castle! See below for instructions and other support material.

3. Life in Medieval towns and villages

Time Machine Journey to the Middle Ages

  1. Open your internet browser and go to:
  2. Login using the details: username = dulwichcoll Password = shanghai
  3. Now click on ‘year 7 History’
  4. Then click on ‘Town and Village’
  5. Then ‘Time Machine Journey to the Middle Ages’
  6. You job is to travel around the medieval village and for each place visited note down what you see using this map: Map of Medieval town & village.doc
  7. You also need to provide answers to all the structured questions: Structured questions on Medieval village.doc
  8. Then when you have completed the whole thing it will be homework to produce a beautiful and accurate map of the village: so make sure you write down sufficient notes.(click here for a sample map: map2.jpg)
  9. Of course you also need to find all the pieces of the time machine to get home!

Worksheets on specific aspects of Medieval life:

Think you know it all now about Medieval life? Try this game: medievallife.swf

4. Medieval medicine- was it all doom and gloom?

End of unit/year assessment