WEBSITES ON THE MIDDLE AGES/MEDIEVAL LIFE

FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

My Goodlooking Year 8 Students have a Special Assignment :

Year 8 Research Task
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Medieval Manuscript


You are to REVIEW ONE Website from the list below:

1) Make sure you are properly REGISTERED to be a part of the exclusive CarnoGold Year 8 community.
Check the due date with your favourite teacher and be aware of the time factor involved.

2) You may need to email your work to yourself to continue at home or elsewhere so be aware of this.
You need a valid email address to send work home.

3) Begin your own Word File:
Save it in your own personal space at school as “Medieval Research [Carnovale].
(Put your own name here dummy, not mine.)


4) Once you have selected a site put “Being reviewed by Your Name” at the end of the section,
(after the original "Good " review by the History Teachers Association).
Each site can have a maximum of ONE reviewers per class
If you see another student from your class on a site only ONE more is allowed.
Shields from another class do not affect you
Once you see a site claimed (TWO reviewers from your class) you have to go elsewhere.

5) Broken links – tell your beloved teacher straight away if a link is broken or you cannot reach a site ,
address is incorrect etc .
When this list was compiled by the HTA the links all worked but things change .

6) Description – detail carefully in your own words what the site is like - (200 words maximum for each site )
This is the Main Part of the assignment .
You have do this for one separate site only.
This review has to have
a) A brief description of the site chosen and what you can learn from it.
b) Any tasks or activities a student has to undertake.
c) You may copy/paste any interesting drawings or pictures .
d) If there any games describe "How to Play".

7) Vocabulary- make up a list of 10 words used in the site and their meanings that are relevant to the Middle Ages .
They may be used as a Spelling List.




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Coat of Arms – You are a knight .You have to show in your own Coat of Arms something that reflects your
personality. Shields are decorated with your coat of arms . In this exercise both terms are used.

For ideas see either

SHIELDS, KNIGHTS AND HERALDRY

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps/heraldry_shield.html

Or
FREE HERALDRY CLIPART
http://www.heraldicclipart.com/catalog/index1.html

Or
Any other site you have found.
Tell your teacher if you have found a better one. You might want to see the Alphabet of Death
-from GODECOOKERY.COM in
or try

We have recently found a better site where you can draw and colour at the same time on a computer
your shield.
Its Make Your Own Shield


a) Neither of these sites mentioned above can be reviewed by students.
b) Design your own shield or coat of arms.

c) Include this before your reviews under your Coat of Arms

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Wolf Statant




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tiffany


[ try and get them next to each other .Not Easy. G.P.]




For some ideas of fonts etc ….

See http://www.angelfire.com/la/bryde/fonts.html
Or
http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=401
Or
http://www.fontcraft.com/scriptorium/medieval/
Or
http://www.fontspace.com/category/medieval


8) Once your review has been completed for each site and you get approval from the Grand Poobah,
you may insert your review after the site as a Word File.
Title it “Medieval Research [Carnovale] 1, 2 or 3”. (again ,your name here you dill )

9) Print a combined List of Reviews,Vocabulary and your Coat of Arms on a Hard Copy .
You must have a proper title page and sign it with your special medieval name from Q10
and a list of your reviews and internet addresses.
Submit to GP before due date .

if you want a Hard Copy of this assignment see
(These sites have been selected from the list at HTA Medquest.)
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Medieval Scene
ALL ABOUT MEDIEVAL TIMES NEW!
http://www.suelebeau.com/medievaltimes.htm A page of links to topics on the medieval period.
Sections:
About Medieval Times, About Castles, About Knights and Jousts.
Excellent Websites compiled by Sue LeBeau


BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066
http://www.battle1066.com/
A long, colorful and thorough examination of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the enormous changes it was to
bring about in Europe. Follows a timeline.
Sections include:
The Romans, The Saxons, The Vikings, The Faith, Where is 1066 Country?, Kings of Wessex and England,
Why Did the Battle Happen?,Harold’s Battle Force, William’s Battle Force, the Battle, The Aftermath,
Norman Rule After 1066, The Norman Cavalry, The Bayeux Tapestry and
much, much more. An outstanding site.
Note: Check out the letters section for additional comments and information.
Excellent


THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY
http://www.hastings1066.com/
Thumbnail images of the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts events leading to the Battle of Hasting in 1066.
Includes the Old English and Modern English description,
the history of the Tapestry and Highlights. Excellent


CAMELOT VILLAGE: BRITAIN’S HERITAGE AND HISTORY
http://www.camelotintl.com/village/street.html
Click on one of the people in the village street scene to learn more about them, i.e. women, crime, entertainment,
trader, etc.
Sections:
Famous Britons, “British” Battles, British Castles, Counties, Historic Houses, Camelot Legend, Medieval Life,
Myths & Legends,
Historic Places, Romans, Rulers of Britain, Tower of London, Royal Palace and more.
Some sections have multimedia. Excellent


CASTLES – 42EXPLORE NEW!
http://www.42explore2.com/castle.htm
Basic information on castles with webquests and activities. Excellent


CASTLES OF BRITAIN CASTLE LEARNING CENTER
http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle6.htm
Extensive information on castles and life in them.
Sections include:
About Castles, Bathing & Washing, Bird’s Eye Views, Building a Castle, Building Materials,
Castle Defenses, Medieval Siege, Medieval Women, Drawbridges, Privy, and much, much more. Excellent


DOMINION AND DOMINATION OF THE GENTLER SEX- THE LIVES OF
MEDIEVAL WOMEN – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/12834/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1126
A student-created site that looks at the lives of medieval women.
Sections:
The Inquisition (a quiz), Visit the City (take a tour to examine the roles of medieval women),
Biographies, Sister Cities (links), and Miscellany. Excellent


ENTER THE MIDDLE AGES
http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/history/middleages/
Journey to the Middle Ages with four guides.
Sections:
The Knight’s Realm, The Nun’s Realm, The Merchants Realm and the Peasants Realm.
Each section discusses their role in society, their daily lives and more. Excellent


EYEWITNESS TO THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE NEW!
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/mefrm.htm
First person accounts of important events in history.
Sections:
Invasion of England 1066, The Murder of Thomas Becket 1170, The Crusaders Capture Jerusalem 1099,
Richard the Lionheart Massacres the Saracens 1191, Kublai Khan in Battle 1287, The Black Death 1348,
Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England, and more.
Click on Middle Ages and Renaissance. Excellent


GODECOOKERY.COM
http://www.godecookery.com/
A huge site on food and cooking in medieval times.
Sections include:
A Boke of Gode Cookery; A Chaucerian Cookery; An Elizabethan Dinner Conversation;
A Feast for the Eyes; A Word from the Cook; The Cockentrice – A Royal Mete (check this out!),
Coqz Heaumez – A Helmeted Cock (similar);Byzantine Recipes and much more.
Note: There is more than food featured on this site. Check it out. Excellent


INTERNET MEDIEVAL SOURCEBOOK
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html
A massive resource on medieval studies, meant to be used by teachers and students.
Outstanding. Excellent


JOAN OF ARC: GIRL WARRIOR
http://www.click2history.com/joanof_arc/joanof_arc_ch1.htm
The story of Joan of Arc, the French visionary who led the French army against the English, only to be
captured and executed.
Sections:
Story Preface, Who Was Joan of Arc?, War During Joan’s Childhood, War Affects Joan’s Family,
Who Should be King?,France Needs a Leader,Could a Young Woman Lead an Army?, Joan Wins at Orleans,
Joan is Betrayed,Catholic Church Accuses Joan, Trial: A Mockery of Justice,
The Final Setup, Joan is Burned, the Verdict is Announced, Joan & the Modern World,
What Happened to the Others?, More Links About Joan of Arc and Used & Recommended Sources.
(Note: a few internal broken links) Excellent

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THE MAGNA CARTA: SOURCE OF CIVIL RIGHTS
http://www.click2history.com/magna_carta/magna_carta_ch1.htm
An explanation of the importance of the Magna Carta in establishing the legal rights of an individual.
Sections:
Story Preface; What is the Magna Carta?; The Source of Trouble;
Cross Purposes at Runnymede; The Pope Responds; The Barons Prevail; Britain’s Statute Number One;
What Happened to John?;
and Used & Recommended Sources.
Excellent


THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/C001514/inglese/home.html
A site by students for students in which they travel back in time and tour a medieval city.
We are in an unspecified European city of average dimensions, pointed out on the sea, obviously in
full Middle Ages. Peasants and traders reside there, but also a gentleman living in a castle.
We find there a small army, ready to grow in case of need, and some traveller residing there for a
single night.
We will also have the occasion to walk round the market, to assist to a tournament, to have a look at the
rooms of the castle, discovering information and in search of oddities and curiosities that we will define
" Travel's notes ".
In short, we are going to try not to be only a history book, but an occasion to experience an interesting
historical period.”
Excellent


MEDIEVAL EUROPE FOR K-12 TEACHERS AND STUDENTS NEW!
http://worldhistory.mrdonn.org/middleages.html
Extensive links to topics on the period.
Sections:
Celts Daily Life, Christianity/Church, Vikings, Crusades, Medieval Life, Castle Life, Monk Life, Knight Life,
Feudalism, Warfare, Magna Carta/Law, Plague/Black Death, Art/Architecture, Music/Food/Faires,
Famous People, Other Barbarians,More Units/Lessons, Webquests, Worksheets,
Arthur/Robin Hood, Literature/Folk Tales, Geography, Free Medieval Clip Art,
Additional Resources, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, Ghana/Mali/Songhai, Feudal Japan,
Incas/Mayas/Aztecs,and Chinese Dynasties.
Excellent


MEDIEVAL SIEGE – NOVA
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/
Companion site for the Nova program Medieval Siege in which a crew successfully designed built and fired a pair of
trebuchets,engines of war popular in the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Nova Builds a Trebuchet (slide show), Medieval Arms Race, Life in a Castle, and
Destroy the Castle (Hot Science) which is a game you can play.
Build your own trebuchet online and try to destroy the castle. Excellent


MEDIEVAL TIMES – 42EXPLORE NEW!
http://www.42explore2.com/medieval.htm
Basic information on the medieval period for students with activities and Webquests. Excellent


MEDIEVAL WOMEN – AN INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION NEW!
http://mw.mcmaster.ca/home.html
Follow Christine in her exploration of the medieval world. Visit the Nunnery, the World, the Scriptorium, and a Timeline.
Use the Site Map for an overview.
Needs RealPlayer. Excellent

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MERLIN’S CASTLE – ATTACK THE CASTLE
http://www.rain.org/~philfear/castle.html
Pages to print out with directions to build a paper castle as well as soldiers and Merlin and Fata Morgana as they battle for
control of the castle.
Don’t forget to Download a Dragon to make also.
Excellent


METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (NYC)
http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/index.asp
Look here for the online exhibits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
They have extensive resources from the Middle Ages.
Check out the Arms & Armor, Medieval Art and The Cloisters online collections.
When you click on one of the topics on the left at the site, you can choose “View 50 Highlights” (at top) to see thumbnails
of 50 objects in the collection. Then click on each for more information and more views.
Other collections have a few items also.
Excellent


THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.themiddleages.net/
A gateway site with links to information on the period.
Sections:
Famous Medieval People, Middle Ages Art & Lifestyle, Middle Ages Weapons & Warfare,
Middle Ages Literature and Other Resources.
Excellent



MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE LINKS
http://killeenroos.com/link/midren.htm
A huge list of links to resources for the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Note: The samples tested all worked.
Excellent



MIDDLE AGES BY HISTORYLINK 101
http://www.historylink101.com/midieval.htm
Your connection
to the best of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research on the Middle Ages.”
Sections:
Art, Daily Life, Pictures, Maps, Research, and Biographies.
Plus lessons on Middle Ages Art and Architecture.
Excellent


MIDDLE AGES CLASSROOM CLIPART
http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=History/Middle_Ages
Topics:
Castles, Costumes, Crusades, Feudalism, Food & Cookery, Games, Guilds & Trades, Hunting, Transportation,
Inquisition, Knights, Religion, and War & Armies. Excellent (Note: This site is one to keep bookmarked)
Excellent clipart for students.


MIDDLE AGES: HISTORY
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/medieval/history/history.htm
Basic information for students on the Middles Ages.
Sections:
Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages.
Excellent

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NETSURF: THE INTERNET CONNECTION FOR MEDIEVAL RESOURCES
http://www.netserf.org/
A search engine for a huge amount of information on the Middle Ages from daily life, people, literature, architecture,
religion, science, drama, law and more.
Check out the Medieval News for recent events.
Excellent


ODIN’S CASTLE OF DREAMS AND LEGENDS: AN ARCHIVE OF
HISTORY AND HISTORICAL RESOURCES.
http://www.odinscastle.org/
A huge site with information on history from ancient times to today. Way too much to detail here.
Check out
The Keep, The Great Hall, The King’s Chambers, The Monk’s Cell, The Herbarium, The Bastion, and more.
Outstanding.
Excellent

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THE ONLINE REFERENCE BOOK FOR MEDIEVAL STUDIES NEW!
http://the-orb.net/
“The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their
fellow instructors and serious students”
Sections:
The ORB Encyclopedia, The ORB Textbook Library, What Every Medievalist Should Know,
Of General Interest,Resources for Teaching,External Links, E-Texts, and the ORB Reference Shelf.
Too advanced for most students but good for teachers.
Excellent


THE TOME – THE CASTLE OF SIR CLISTO SEVERSWORD
http://www.sirclisto.com/
A gateway site to a wealth of information on the medieval period.
From Archery to Warfare and much, much more.
Excellent


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WILLIAM WALLACE “BRAVEHEART”
http://www.click2history.com/braveheart/braveheart_ch1.htm
An account of the rebellion of Scotland against the English in the late 13th century and the Scottish hero
William Wallace, familiar to students from the movie Braveheart.
Sections:
Story Preface, The Makings of a Hero?, Who Should be King?, A Hero Emerges, The Two-Handed Sword
Gets Busy, Wallace the Leader, Victory at Sterling Bridge, Wallace the “Outlaw”, Defeat at Falkirk,
Wallace Betrayed, A Trial Without Justice, Barbarous Sentence, Execution,Robert the Bruce Achieves the
Dream, What Happened to the Others?, More Links About the Story, and Used & Recommended Sources.

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3D PHOTOS OF CASTLES AND FORTRESSES
http://www.3dphoto.net/stereo/world/topics/castles/castles.html
Photos in 2D and 3D of castles and fortresses in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Finland, Denmark,
Switzerland, San Marino, Italy, Estonia, Austria,Slovakia and the Bahamas.
Includes directions on how to view the 3D photos for the best effect.
Note: 3D images take a few seconds to load.
Very Good


ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHmedieval.html
A huge collection of images of medieval art.
Sections:
Middle Ages: General; Early Christian; Byzantine; Islamic; Early Medieval; Romanesque;
Gothic; Late Gothic Art in Italy; and Medieval Manuscripts.
Very Good


THE CRUSADES – A VIEW FROM JORDAN
http://www.acsamman.edu.jo/~ms/crusades/
A look at the Crusades from a class in Amman, Jordan.
Very Good


THE DOMESDAY BOOK
http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/
Commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1085, the Domesday Book gave a detailed account of the lands
owned by the king and his tenants and of their resources.
Sections:
The Domesday Book (the list of settlements), The Domesday Story, Timeline, Landowners, Place Name
Origins, William the Conqueror, and a Glossary.
Very Good

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THE ILLUMINATED MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.moyenageenlumiere.com/themes/index.cfm?sw=EN
“The Illuminated Middle Ages database presents several hundred recently digitized illuminated texts
from French national library collections.
While the full collection, in even higher resolution, is available for purchase on DVD-ROM, this web
site gives access to the entire database. Only a portion of the full collection has been translated into
English for the web site, but visitors may also view the French-language galleries in the site, where a
dozen texts from each of the ten themes are presented daily. To see every text in high resolution,
you will have have to either visit the site daily or order theDVD.
In the meantime, the search interface allows you to perform full-text searches across the complete
database. You are sure to enjoy this collection of breathtaking texts dating from the year 500
through the 1400s.”
Sections:
Time and Space; The Legal Imagination; Animals; Knowledge and Education; Mankind, the Family and Kinship;
Showing the Invisible; Work and Daily Life; Faces of God; Signs and Forms of Power; and
A World in the Margins.
Very Good



JOAN OF ARC ARCHIVE
http://archive.joan-of-arc.org/
Extensive information on this French girl who led the armies of France in to battle and was tried and executed by the
English.
Sections:
Biography, Timeline, Signatures, Letters, Banners, Domremy, Manuscripts, Family Tree, Portraits, Quotes,
Myths, Armor,La Pieronne,
Sound Files and more.
(Note: There were a few broken links on this page but still a wealth of information).
Very Good


JOAN OF ARC MUSEUM
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/musee.jeannedarc/indexanglais.htm
Website of the Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen, France. Sections: Jeanne d’Arc, History of the Hundred Years
of War,The Museum, Questionnaire,
Other Sites, Movies, Phototeque.
Very Good


KIDS’ CASTLE
http://kotn.ntu.ac.uk/castle/
Enter this castle through the drawbridge to see the various parts of the castle and what life was like there.
Each section has additional activities or information.
Very Good


KING ARTHUR: A MAN FOR THE AGES NEW!
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4186/Arthur/htmlpages/kingarthur.html
“The story of Arthur is old. People have been singing war songs in his honor for probably more than
1,500 years.
The popular conception is of a King Arthur, with his lovely queen and noble knights, and the Round
Table, and Excalibur, and the Holy Grail, and all the other trappings.
The scholarly conception of Arthur is of a war leader in post-Roman Britain, fighting against the
encroachment of Saxon settlers.
The pages that follow examine both conceptions. But first, some Frequently Asked Questions:”
Sections:
Explorations in Arthurian History, Explorations in Arthurian Legends.
Very Good


KNIGHT COSTUME AND SHIELD – KIDS DOMAIN CRAFT EXCHANGE
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/hall-knight2.html
Instructions and supply list for making a knight’s costume and shield.
Very Good


KNIGHT QUEST NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002767/
A site for students by students on knights and their lives. “In our website we plan to tell you about such
things as what knights did long ago, their armor parts, their way of life, dragons, castles, and weapons.
We thought the best way was to send you on a quest to be a knight Follow the spinning sword and it will lead the
way!”
Sections:
Knights, Armor Info, Armor Chart, Castles, Dragons, Jokes, Pre-Page Test, Page’s Test, Squire’s Test,
Knight’s Test, Final Test, Certificate,
Knight’s List, and References.
Very Good

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KNIGHTS AND ARMOR
http://www.knightsandarmor.com/
Information for students on knights and armor.
Sections:
History of Knights, Armor, Weapons, Life of a Knight, Crusades, Chivalry,
Heraldry, and Links.
Very Good


LEGENDS NEW!
http://legends.dm.net/
Information on legends that have endured and inspired. Includes links to primary documents, articles and more.
Sections:
Robin Hood, King Arthur, Beowulf, Pirates & Privateers, Ballads & Broadsides, Swashbucklers & Fops,
Fairy Tales,Shakespeare’s Stories,Saga & Sea-Kings, Paladins & Princes, Poets & Painters and Erin & Alba.
Note: There are reference to the Middle Ages in every section.
Very Good


MARRIAGE DURING THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.medieval-weddings.net/
Detailed information on marriage and weddings during the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Wedding Traditions, Marriage Laws Marriage Customs, Castle Ceremonies, Country Weddings, Castle Feasts,
Medieval Clothing,Bridal Jewelry, Beauty Treatments, Bridal Gifts, Cakes, Bridal Dresses, Bridal Flowers,
Courtly Love and Knights & Chivalry.
Very Good


MEDIEVAL AGE – 1066-1500 NEW!
http://www.learnhistory.org.uk/medieval/
Links to a large number of topics on the medieval period. Very Good


MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE – PRIMARY HISTORICAL
DOCUMENTS
http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/medren.html
Online versions of a large number of medieval and Renaissance historical documents.
Examples:
Capitulary of Charlemagne, The Ordinance of Louis the Pious, Catalonian Manuscripts, The Life of St.
Edward the Confessor and much more.
Very Good

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MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE HISTORY NEW!
http://www.snowcrest.net/jmike/medieval.html
Links for students and teachers on medieval history. Very Good



MEDIEVAL CRUSADES
http://www.medievalcrusades.com/
Detailed information on the Crusades.
Sections:
The Crusades Begin, Kings of Jerusalem, Foes of the Crusaders, State of Antioch, State of Tripoli,
State of Edessa,Coinage, and Links.
Very Good


MEDIEVAL ENGLAND NEW!
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Year%207.htm
Links for students and up on medieval England.
Sections:
Personalities and Events and Medieval Topics. Very good for student research. Very Good


MEDIEVAL ENGLISH TOWNS NEW!
http://www.trytel.com/~tristan/towns/towns.html
The aim of the Medieval English Towns site is to provide historical information
about cities and towns in England during the Middle Ages, with particular but
not exclusive emphasis on medieval boroughs of East Anglia and on social,
political and constitutional history. A growing selection of primary documents
(translated into English) relevant to English urban history is included.”
Sections: Introduction, Town Histories, Office Holding and more. Includes a Glossary
and a Biographical List.
Better than it looks at first glance.
Very Good
MEDIEVAL FIEFDOM NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/10949/index.html
A site by students for students on Medieval life. Choose your graphics level to view more of the site.
Includes:
Fortifications, War and Buildings and Society, People and Their Way of Life. Very Good


MEDIEVAL HISTORY STARTER QUIZ NEW!
http://historymedren.about.com/library/weekly/aastarterquiz.htm
A 20 question quiz about the Middle Ages from its beginnings to the end of the period.
Note: Use the many links on this site as a starting point for research.
Very Good


MEDIEVAL LIFE NEW!
http://www.medieval-life.net/
A fairly extensive site on medieval life.
Sections:
Life, History, Famines, Food, Health, Literature, Chivalry and Romance. Most sections have several sub-sections.
Excellent for student research
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MEDIEVAL/RENAISSANCE FOOD HOMEPAGE
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/food.html
A page of links to all kinds of information about food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Includes
Primary Sources, Articles, Recipes and more.
Very Good


MEDIEVAL QUEST NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002390/index.html
A site for students by students on the medieval period.
Join Tiamat, our dragon guide, on a fantastic journey into the past...
Tiamat will whisk you around the fascinating world of Medieval Times.
You can design coats of arms, learn how to cook a Medieval meal, and learn about unimaginable things
from the past. You will see kings and queens in their finery, knights coated with silver, and flags flying
above castles.
We hope you enjoy our site. Welcome to Magnificent Medieval Times!”
Sections:
Lifestyle, Castles, Knights, Heraldry, Myths and Activities. The Activities include a quiz, a crossword puzzle and a
design your own shield activity.
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THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/
Information on the realities of life in the Middle Ages from PBS.
Sections:
Feudal Life, Religion, Homes, Clothing, Health, Arts & Entertainment, and Town Life. Very Good


THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.byu.edu/ipt/projects/middleages/
Resources on the Middle Ages for history students. Check out the Index of Materials on the Middle Ages and the
Other Web Sites sections.
Ignore the rest.
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THE MIDDLE AGES, CHIVALRY AND KNIGHTHOOD NEW!
http://www.teacheroz.com/Middle_Ages.htm
A huge site with links to information on a wide range of topics. Note: We found some broken links in the many on
this site.
Very Good


THE MIDDLE AGES FOR KIDS NEW!
http://www.kathimitchell.com/middleages.htm
An extensive list of links by category for students. Very Good


MIDDLE AGES LINKS NEW!
http://www.trumbull.k12.oh.us/teachers/resources/Themes/middle%20ages.htm
A page of links to websites, lesson plans and webquests on the Middle Ages.
Very Good


THE MIDDLE AGES TRUST WEB SITE LOCATOR
http://members.aol.com/tmatrust/websites.html
A gateway site to lots of links to sites dealing with the Middle Ages.
Very Good


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THE NORMAN CONQUEST SCHOOL SITE NEW URL!
http://www.normanconquest.co.uk/index.html
A website for history teachers and students on the Norman Conquest and the pivotal events of the year 1066.
Sections:
Information (Start Here), Quiz, Search, Worksheets and a Summary. Check out the worksheets which can be
printed and used to guide students to the relevant material.
Very Good


SHIELDS, KNIGHTS AND HERALDRY
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/heraldry.htm
Free software to download for kids to make their own shields and coats of arms. You can also play an exciting online
game.
Very Good


TIMEREF.COM – MEDIEVAL HISTORY TIMELINES NEW!
http://www.btinternet.com/~timeref/
Welcome to TIMEREF.COM. Follow the history of Medieval Britain from the time of Alfred the
Great, through the Norman Conquest and up to the start of the Tudor Age.
Detailed Timelines contain events for years between 800 and 1499AD.
Maps show the locations of castles, abbeys and cathedrals in England, Scotland and Wales.
Every person and building on this site has its own timeline and links to related subjects.
Very Good


WEID’S LINKS TO THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.fidnet.com/~weid/midageindex.htm
This is a huge site with a wealth of information. Very Good


Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

AGES OFTREASURE TIMELINE GAME NEW!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/archaeology/treasure/timeline_launch.shtml
“From the Palaeolithic to the Norman Conquest, explore archaeological sites and treasures from the
past, then test yourselfon the eras and events in the Ages of Treasure game.”
Good

THE ALCHEMY WEB SITE NEW!
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/index.html
Over 100 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 1300
sections and providing tens of
thousands of pages of text, over 2000 images, over 200 complete alchemical texts, extensive
bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts,numerous articles, introductory and
general reference material on alchemy.”
Good



ALCOHOLIC DRINKS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://users.stargate.net/~mshapiro/calcohol.html
Information, recipes and methods of making alcoholic drinks in the Middle Ages.
Good.


soundbyte from the "Terminator"

ANGLO-SAXON COINS GAME NEW!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/lj/conquestlj/coin_entry.shtml
Find out more about Anglo-Saxon money by taking a closer look at the coins and the stories
behind them.When you think you know enough,test yourself by playing 'Coins' and see if you can make
money talk.”
Good


ARTLEX ON THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/m/middleages.html
Several examples of Middle Ages art. Good


ASM’S MIDDLE AGES PROJECT
http://www.asmilan.org/eschool/middle_ages/
A colorful site by middle school students.
Sections:
Warfare by Chris, Crusades by Leo, Castles, Farming by Giuliana ,Clothes by Myles,
Food by Cill, Peasant Life by Valentina, Exploration by Connor, Science by Marco,
Architecture by Joel, Homes by Nicoletta,Feudal System by Ho Sung, Crusades by Matteo,
Italy by Naike, Knights by Riccardo,Marriage by Jessica, Monastery Life by Cesare,
Vikings by Nick.
Good as suggestion for classes.”
Good


BIOGRAPHIES OF WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.ozedweb.com/history/middle_ages_biographies_women.htm
Brief biographical paragraphs of women in the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Women in Religion, Women in the Trades, Women in Politics, Women in War,
Women in Science and Medicine, and Women in the Arts. Suitable for students of all grades. Good


BUILD A MEDIEVAL CASTLE
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle.htm
Free downloadable software with instructions for building a medieval castle.
Also software to print our shield and the elements of heraldry. Good

Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail


BUILD AN ARCH GAME NEW!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/games/arches/index.shtml
Answer 5 questions to build a virtual arch.
Good


THE CAERLAVEROCK DIG NEW!
http://www.suat.demon.co.uk/caerlaverock/index.htm
Follow the excavation of an English castle. Updates from the excavation show what has been uncovered.
Good


THE CAMELOT PROJECT NEW!
http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm
Information about the Arthurian legends and texts.
Suitable for high school students.
Good


CARDBOARD BOX CASTLE NEW!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Boxcastle.shtml
Build a castle from a cardboard box.
Good


CASTLES OF THE WORLD NEW!
http://www.castles.org/
Links to castles around the world (actually Europe and Asia) with photos, descriptions, diagrams and more.
A good resource for student research.
Good


THE CODE OF CHIVALRY AND COURTLY LOVE NEW!
http://www.astro.umd.edu/~marshall/chivalry.html
The Code of Chivalry and the Rules of Courtly Love. Gives the basic rules people were to strive to live by.
Good


THE CRUSADER AND AYYUBID PERIOD (1099-1250 CE) NEW!
http://jeru.huji.ac.il/ef1.htm
Information on life in Jerusalem during the Crusades.
Good


THE CRUSADES: A DEFENSIVE GESTURE NEW!
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6981/defense.htm
Information on the reasons behind the Crusades.
Good


THE CRUSADES AND THE RISE OF ISLAM NEW!
http://www.mrdowling.com/606islam.html
A basic introduction for elementary students on the Crusades and the rise of Islam.
Sections:
The Crusades, The Arabs, Later Crusades and Cool Links.
Good


DE RE MILITARI
http://www.deremilitari.org/
Site for the Society for Medieval Military History. Includes accounts of the great battles and armies of the
Middle Ages.
Check out the Journey of Medieval Military History and the Resources for Students and Scholars.
Good

Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

DEVIZES CASTLE ON THE WEB
http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/3670/index.html
The site for Devizes Castle in England, built on the site of an 11th century wooden castle. Includes information on
the history of the castle,its features today, and discussed the ghosts reputed to haunt it. Includes photos.
For students.
Good


THE DOMESDAY BOOK INDEX AND SEARCH ENGINE
http://www.infokey.com/hon/domesday.htm
A search engine allowing people with British ancestry to search for more information.
This is a hyperlink listing of the all the counties mentioned in the Domesday Book, a census of
Norman Britain compiled in 1086, showing the land owners and conditions of the counties and their
enclosures.
If you have traced your Surname in our DataBase Search Engine, finding your family origin in
England, you can use the following information to cross reference particular information about the
county where your family heritage started.”
Good


DRACULA’S CASTLE – A WINDOW INTO EASTERN EUROPEAN HISTORY
http://www.draculascastle.com/index3.html
An exploration of the 12th century Bran Castle, said to be Dracula’s Castle. Includes other castles and citadels in
Romania and information on Vlad Tepes who lived in Bran Castle.
(Stories about him were the basis for the later Dracula stories). Good photos.
Good


Dress, Jewels, Arms and Coat of Arms: Material Culture and
Self-Representation in the Late Middle Ages
http://www.ceu.hu/medstud/manual/SRM/index.htm
A guide to the clothing of medieval times and of the various meanings of the styles, ornamentation and more.
Includes
Arms & Armor, Costumes, Jewelry, and Heraldry.
Good


DRESSING CECILY: AN INTERACTIVE ELIZABETHAN WARDROBE
http://costume.dm.net/doll/index.html
Click on different items of clothing to put them on Lady Cecily as she prepares to visit the court of Queen Elizabeth.
You may need review the “Overview of an Elizabethan Outfit” to do it. Fun.
Good


Soundbyte from "The Seven Year Itch"


EARLY MEDIEVAL RESOURCES FOR BRITAIN, IRELAND AND BRITTANY
http://members.aol.com/michellezi/resources-index.html
Information on Britain, Ireland and Brittany from roughly 400 AD to 800 AD.
Sections include:
Chronologies; Calendar of Saints; King Lists; Genealogies; Translations; Bibliography; The Heroic Age;
Maps;Hagiography,History and Politics, and more.
Good


EDWARD GRIM’S ACCOUNT OF THE MURDER OF THOMAS BECKET
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/grim-becket.html
When Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered in 1179 it changed the politico-religious landscape
of England.
This is a graphic account by one of his biographers.
Good


ELIZABETH I (1533-1603)
http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/eliza.htm
Biographical information on Queen Elizabeth I, Queen of England at the end of the medieval period.
Sections:
Quotes, The Life of Elizabeth I, Essays & Articles, Image Gallery and Additional Sources.
Good


ELECTRONIC PASSPORT – THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.mrdowling.com/703middleages.html
Online information on the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Feudalism, Primogeniture, Christendom, The Huns, The Barbarians, The Byzantine Empire, The Moors,
The Franks & Charlemagne,The Vikings, The Normans, The Bubonic Plague.
Good


THE EMPLOYEES OF DURHAM PRIORY 1494-1519 NEW!
http://www.dur.ac.uk/r.h.britnell/Priory_employees.htm
Lists the number of people employed in various positions in the priory and their wages.
Good for student research.
Good


EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MA/CONTENTS.HTM
A reference site for teachers and students . Note: Some sections are still under construction.
Good


FANTASTIC FISH OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.godecookery.com/ffissh/ffissh.htm
Looks at the fish of the Middle Ages “which populated both the waters and the imagination of the
Medieval world.
Includes drawings and descriptions of both familiar and imaginary fish. Fun.
Good


FEMALE HEROES
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine.html
Brief biographies of female heroes from India, Asia and the Crusades.
Good


FOOTWEAR OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/shoe/SHOEHOME.HTM
An examination of shoes and shoemaking in the Middle Ages up to the 16th century. Shows the types of
footwear, how they were made and their functions.
Includes drawings.
Good


FREE HERALDRY CLIPART NEW!
http://www.heraldicclipart.com/catalog/index1.html
Clip art for students to print out and use in their projects.
Good


THE GEOFFREY CHAUCER WEBSITE NEW!
http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/
Information on Geoffrey Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. Suitable for grades 7 and up.
Good


GHOSTS IN THE CASTLE
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/castles/enter.html
Follow Marcus the mouse to tour this castle.
Good


GLOSSARY OF MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
http://www.pitt.edu/~medart/menuglossary/INDEX.HTM
A glossary of terms found in medieval art and architecture.
From abacus to westwork (no x,y,z.’s).
Good


HERALDIC COLORING BOOK NEW!
http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~heraldry/page_cb.html
A set of coloring pages of shield with heraldic designs.
Click on the paint link to use your cursor to paint the shields.
Good


HERALDIC DESIGN NEW!
http://www.windarooss.qld.edu.au/Main_Pages/heraldry/heraldry_nf.html
Detailed information on the meanings of symbols and colors on coats of arms.
Good


HERALDS AND HERALDRY IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
http://renaissance.dm.net/heraldry/heralds.html
Information about the origins of heralds and heraldry.
Good


HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/18110/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1126
A look at the Crusades at a student-created site. You choose whether you want to know more about the
Muslims or the Christians.
Good


HISTORY OF THE MONARCHY (ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND)
http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page5.asp
The official British site giving a brief biography of every British and/or Scottish monarch from around the 7th
century to the present.
Note: A little complicated to navigate.
Good


THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR – THE FINAL PHASE
http://xenophongroup.com/montjoie/hyw_fp.htm
A review of the final, decisive phase of the Hundred Years War. Includes a timeline of events from 1154 to 1461.
Sections:
Timeline; Map of France; Persons; Weapons, Armor, Forces; Summary of Major Battles and Sieges;
Bibliography; andControversial Issues in the Study of the Hundred Years War.
Good


JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIDDLE AGES WITH JAMES THE JINGLING
JESTER NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/4051/titlepg.htm?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1108
A site for students by students on the Middle Ages. You can play a game exploring the castle or read information
about life in the Middle Ages.
An example of a good class project.
Good


KING ARTHUR NEW!
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~merrie/Arthur/
Information on King Arthur and the Arthurian legend.
Sections:
The Matter of Britain, Arthur for Kids, Characters, Battles, Geography, History, Reference and more.
Good


KINGS AND QUEENS THROUGH TIME GAME NEW!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/state/monarchs_leaders/launch_ani_kings_queens.shtml
Put the kings and queens of England, and later the United Kingdom, in their proper place.
Examine the contemporary portraits and key events from each period and then play the Royal
House game. The game launch button is in the top right hand corner of the
animation.
There are four periods to explore. The Plantagenets and the Houses of Lancaster and York
are featured in the first period, the Tudors and Stuarts in the second, and the House of
Hanover in the third.
The timeline concludes with the Windsors.”
Good


KINGDOMALITY – WHAT IS YOUR MEDIEVAL VOCATIONAL
PERSONALITY?
http://www.cmi-lmi.com/kingdomality.html
Test your personality to see what kind of medieval job would have appealed to you.
Best for older students.
Good


LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE
http://www.castlewales.com/life.html
Discusses life in a castle from around the 11th to the 14th century with emphasis on the uses of the different areas
of the castle.
Sections:
The Hall, The Kitchen, Accommodations, Water and The Chapel.
Good


LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/ma/mahome.htm
A website on life in the Middle Ages created by students in a school in Arizona.
An example of what can be done by a class.
Good


THE MAGNA CARTA 1215 (TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN)
http://www.magnacartaplus.org/magnacarta/index.htm
An English translation of the Magna Carta which established the separation of power between a legislature,
a judiciary and an executive.
Good


MANUSCRIPTS AT THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY NEW!
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/medieval/browse.htm
Online images of manuscripts from the 11th to the 17th centuries, housed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford,
England.Suitable for grade 7 and up.
Good


MEDIEVAL EUROPE NEW!
http://www.crcs.k12.ny.us/lib/hs/medieval_europe.htm
Links to websites with information on the medieval period in Europe.
Good


MEDIEVAL FEASTS –
SOME OF MY FAVORITE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE RECIPES
(ADAPTED FOR THE MODERN COOK) NEW!
http://www.bitwise.net/~ken-bill/med-p1.htm

“Here are some of my favorite recipes from the period. I've started each recipe of

with the original text.

As you'll see, there are few if any measurements of ingredients, so feel free to

adjust amounts to suit your own taste without undue worry about staying authentic.

Remember that that's what you'd be doing in the Middle Ages anyway.

Have fun.”

Recipes include:

Lemon Salad, Chicken with Orange and Lemon, Frumenty and Cherry Pottage.

Good



MEDIEVAL FLAGS AND BANNERS NEW!
http://www.kwantlen.bc.ca/~donna/sca/flags/
Pictures of medieval flags and banners. Good


MEDIEVAL LIFE NEW!
http://www.guhsd.net/mcdowell/history/notes/unit3/feudalismchart.html
A chart showing the intricate relationships between people in the Middle Ages. Good


MEDIEVAL SCIENCE NEW!
http://members.aol.com/McNelis/medsci_index.html
Information on the sciences in the Middle Ages.
Sections include:
Alchemy, Animals, Botany, Medicine, Horology, Weights and Measures, and Mathematics. Good


MEDIEVAL STUDIES THEME PAGE NEW!
http://www.cln.org/themes/medieval.html
An extensive page of links to Middle Ages websites. Most seem to be for grade 7 and up. Good


MEDIEVAL TIMES NEW!
http://www.schools.ash.org.au/elanorah/med.htm
A site by Australian students for students researching the medieval period. Good


MEDIEVAL TIMES NEW!
http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/wes/webquests_themes/medieval_theme.html
An extensive page of links on the Middle Ages including webquests. For students to use as a resource.
Note: a lot of broken links on this site. Good


MEDIEVAL WOMEN
http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/subjects/women/women.html
Links to information on medieval women.
Sections:
Individual Lives and Works of Medieval Women, Women Rulers & Creators General Resources and Bibliographies.
Good

MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.kidskonnect.com/MiddleAges/MiddleAgesHome.html
Links for students to research about life in the Middle Ages.
Note: a couple of broken links on this site. Good


THE MIDDLE AGES
http://radiantworks.com/middleages/
Basic information on the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Feudal System, The Royal Court, Manor, Life in the Town, Barons, Medieval Soldiers,
Peasants, Bibliography, and Other History Sites. Good


THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/middleages.htm
A page of links for students to research the Middle Ages. Good


MIDDLE AGES SITES NEW!
http://www.oswego.org/staff/cchamber/resources/middleages.cfm
A page with 30 links to information about the Middle Ages.
Good


MONARCHS OF BRITAIN
http://www.britannia.com/history/h6f.html
Biographical profiles of the kings and queens of England and Great Britain. Good


MOSTLY MEDIEVAL – EXPLORING THE MIDDLE AGES
http://skell.org/SKELL/index.htm
Information on life in Britain in the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Ballads, Beasties, Book of Days, God & War, Heraldry, Medicine, and Merkat Cross.
Good


MYTHICAL PLANTS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.godecookery.com/mythical/mythical.htm
For a variety of reasons, cultures would develop a belief in plants that never existed.
Examples:
The Barnacle Tree, The Tree of Knowledge, The Mysterious Origin of Spices. Good


THE NORMANS, A EUROPEAN PEOPLE NEW!
http://www.mondes-normands.caen.fr/angleterre/index.htm
A history of the Normans, whose conquest of Britain shaped British history in the Middle Ages. Suitable for students Good


PAGES THROUGH THE AGES – THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/OakViewES/harris/96-97/agespages/middle-ages/index.html
A school site on the Middle Ages.
Sections:
Of Kings and Vikings, The Magna Carta, Knights, Heraldry, The 5th Grade Medieval Festival, and more.
Shows what a class can do. Good


THE ROBIN HOOD PROJECT
http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/rh/rhhome.stm
Some of what we know of the medieval period comes from the Robin Hood movies and TV programs of the mid-20th century.
This site draws together a database of texts, images and bibliographies of the Robin Hood legends. Good


SEND A MEDIEVAL-GRAM NEW!
http://www.pillagedvillage.com/gramsend.html
Choose a graphic and send an email message to a friend. Good


SYMBOLISM OF HERALDRY NEW!
http://www.digiserve.com/heraldry/symbols.htm
A simple list of the meaning of symbols used in heraldry. Good


TECHNOLOGY DURING THE MIDDLE AGES NEW!
http://www.mce.k12tn.net/middleages/technology.htm
A brief list of inventions from 700 to 1320. Good


WAR ENGINES OF THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.middelaldercentret.dk/warengines.htm#top
A Danish site on the reconstruction of medieval war engines such as ballistas, catapults and trebuchets.
Shows drawings of the different engines, photos of reconstructions and more. Good


WARWICK CASTLE NEW!
http://www.warwick-castle.co.uk/warwick2004/index.asp
A virtual visit to Warwick Castle in England, parts of which date to the 14th century.
Click on Explore Castle and click on various sections of the castle for that section’s history.
There is also information in the Castle and Fun Stuff sections at the top. Good


WHARRAM PERCY – THE LOST MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
http://loki.stockton.edu/~ken/wharram/wharram.htm
The village of Wharram Percy in Yorkshire, England was inhabited by humans for centuries before being abandoned.
The site describes what was found as a result of excavations. Includes modern photos and drawings of how the village would have looked
in the 14th century. Good


WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD TO THE PRESENT
http://www.csupomona.edu/~plin/women/womenart.html
Brief information on seven women artists of the medieval period. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view of the works. Good


WOMEN KNIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.heraldica.org/topics/orders/wom-kn.htm
Although we think that all knights in the Middle Ages were men, there were women knights at various times and places.
This site discusses how women came to be knights and how they were honored. Good


WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.usm.maine.edu/~flc/emily.htm
A look at the rights and roles of women during various periods of the Middle Ages and in different countries
soundbyte from Monty Python's Life of Brian

CASTLES IN MEDIEVAL TIMES – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY NEW!
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours/tourFames.cgi?tour_id=13824
A tour of castles project.
“Because of the importance of the castle, it was necessary to find skilled people to construct them.
In this activity, you will play the role of the master mason who was in charge of the hundreds of workers required to
build a castle.
You have been assigned by King Knowitall from the land of "Learnalot" to build his castle.
The site has been chosen to build it and now you must learn all you can about castles by:
looking at other castles
learning the terminology associated with castles
learning about life in a castle
learning how to defend a castle
To complete your task, you will create a written portfolio with the information you find.
The final project will be the construction of the king's castle. Good luck in your adventure.
Now let's begin with "What's In A Castle?". Excellent


EXCALIBUR – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/3708/
the history and legend of King Arthur.
“In this unit, students will explore the history and legend of King Arthur, including the symbols and social values expressed by the story of King Arthur.
Students will read excerpts from the legend, and view artwork that depicts King Arthur's life and times.
In King Arthur: Man or Legend?, students compare King Arthur's persona from the legendary and historic
perspectives, and craft an outline for a theater piece featuring the symbolism, characterization, and context
they have learned.
In Castles and Cornerstones, students will explore the historic importance and function of castles in King
Arthur's time, and create a castle of their own design in three dimensions, using found materials.
In Chivalry and Courtly Love, students will examine the way the Arthurian ideals of chivalry and courtly love have influenced our modern concepts of love, inspiring students' execution of a short thematic play.”
Excellent


EXPLORING ARTHURIAN LEGEND – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=235
A lesson plan on Arthurian legends.
“The border between fact and fiction becomes blurred in legend, stories which themselves have a history and
in their evolving shape carry the imprint of all the hands that passed them. Through the Internet, students can
track the growth of a legend like that of King Arthur, from its emergence in the so-called Dark Ages to its
arrival on the silver screen.”
Excellent


MEDIEVAL LIFE: SQUIRES, MAIDENS AND PEASANTS – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/guides/1986/3/86.03.03.x.html
A unit on medieval life focusing on three major concepts:
feudalism, the castle and the manor.
Includes activities, quizzes, a puzzle and more. Excellent



MEDIEVAL TIMES STUDENT ACTIVITY SHEETS
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/medieval_activity_sheets.htm
Activity sheets for students.
Sections:
Introductory Lesson, Lesson One: Medieval History, Lesson Two: Medieval Life, Lesson Three: Medieval Knights,
Lesson Four: Medieval Castles, Lesson Five: Heraldry, and Lesson Six: Famous People.
Each section has several activity sheets. Excellent


MYSTERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES - CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
**http://www.xtec.es/crle/02/middle_ages/alumne/index.htm**
An outline for a play for the classroom in which students take on roles and solve a mystery.
Sections:
Prologue, Creating Your Character, Setting the Scene, Building Up the Plot, Catching the Criminal,
and Crime and Punishment.
Excellent


PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20011002tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan from the NY Times “exploring the causes and impacts of disease epidemics and pandemics”.
For grades 6-12. “students investigate various disease epidemics that have devastated the world population at
different points in history and examine the diseases' effects on the countries they impacted.
One of the epidemics examined is the Black Plague in the medieval Europe. Excellent


TALES OF KING ARTHUR – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=450
A lesson plan on Arthurian legends
“The stories of King Arthur and his Court have entertained young and old alike for over a thousand years.
In this lesson, students will discover how historical events gradually merged with fantasy to create the colorful tales
we enjoy today. They will read some of the more familiar stories, learn about the code of chivalry of the Round Table,
ponder the symbolism of the Holy Grail, and then choose a favorite Arthurian character for a bit of role-playing.”
Excellent


THE BLACK DEATH ON CNN – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/World_History/WRH0211.html
A lesson plan in which students view a typical CNN story, then research the Black Death in medieval Europe and
create a CNN-type report on it. Very Good
Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail



DAYS AND DAYS OF KNIGHTS: A UNIT ON THE MIDDLE AGES
http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr191.shtml
Ideas for cross-curricular activities for classes studying the Middle Ages. Ideas include holding a Medieval Tournament, costumes and more.
Very Good

FROM MEDIEVAL TIMES TO TODAY – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/medievaltimes/
A lesson plan on the medieval period.
“Students will
trace the medieval trade routes of Europe and Asia;
identify important commodities traded during the Middle Ages; and
describe some of the uses of commodities in the Middle Ages.” Very Good


THE FEUDAL SYSTEM – CASTLES AT WAR – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/feudalsystem/
A lesson plan on feudalism for grades 9-12.
Students will
Understand the feudal system of the Middle Ages.
Write a fictional first-person account from the point of view of a king, noble, knight, or peasant.”
Note: We don’t have the video listed but Internet resources will provide the information. Good


FEUDALISM: THE PEOPLE – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY NEW!
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours/tourFames.cgi?tour_id=13477
An exploration of feudalism project. Read about the topics and take the quiz. Good


JOAN OF ARC – LESSON PLAN NEW!
http://teacher.scholastic.com/webquest/wrldhist/whjoan.htm
A brief lesson plan on Joan of Arc. Students take a quiz and visit websites to get the answers. Good


A MEDIEVAL CARTOON – UNRAVELING THE MEANING -
CLASSROOM ACTIVITY NEW!
http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/snapshots/snapshot12/snapshot12.htm
A classroom activity in which students must study a cartoon and unravel the meaning by reading the
background material. Good


MEDIEVAL MADNESS – CLASSROOM PROJECT NEW!
http://www.d118.s-cook.k12.il.us/South/curriculum/team6c/midages/
A classroom project for students.
“Welcome all ye lords and ladies of the manor! You are about to embark on an exciting adventure which will lead
to a wealth of knowledge of the time in history we call the "Middle Ages."
Palos South Middle School hopes you will enjoy your experience.
They have worked very hard on these sites.
Your quest is to visit three of the web sites below which were created by your classmates and to complete
the evaluation sheet.”
The links are for pages created by the students for other students. A good example of a class project. Good


MIDDLE AGES – ATOZ
**http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/middleages.html**
A brief list of classroom activities for studying the Middle Ages. Good


THE MIDDLE AGES TODAY – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
http://www.loyno.edu/%7EMidAges/Jwass50.html
A classroom project in which students choose a facet of medieval life to study and then find “cultural artifacts” within the modern world. They prepare a multimedia presentation based on their findings. Adaptable. Good


AVOID IT BY THE PLAGUE! – WEBQUEST
http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/edt628/ascendedone/plagueII.html
A webquest for secondary language arts and social studies classes in which students form a team to research the political implications
of the Black Plague in Europe in the 14th century and how it shifted power.
Task:
“In 1309, a French arch-bishop became the new pope, Clement V, and moved to Avignon, located on the French borders
away from Rome, where political violence imperiled his life. Famine struck in 1333, and the Black Plague, in 1346.
These and other disasters, greatly weakened the Church's control over the populace. Therefore, greatly distressed,
the Pope, your employer/boss appoints a four-member team, with the strategy of preserving his ever-dwindling power
base of political control over his domain. There is one physician, one guide, one spiritual advisor (bishop), and a
diarist/scribe to travel across Europe on horseback on a fact-finding expedition.”
Excellent
Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail


THE BIRTH OF THE (EARLY) MIDDLE AGES – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.milton.k12.vt.us/WebQuests/SChristensen/webquest-middle_ages.htm
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages.
“During this WebQuest, you will discover how different groups during the Middle Ages were bound
together by different sets of loyalties. You will be asked to create maps and answer eight questions that
demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of this era.
The Situation
During the Middle Ages (500-1500), the development of the feudal system of government resulted in war, famine, serfdom, and the strengthening role of the Papacy or Church in the lives of everyday citizens.
Many were called upon to serve their local nobles, the Pope, or protect their community from attacks by
marauding Vikings or hostile lords seeking to expand their kingdoms.
Some of the most important people in this era were knights, farmers, priests, and traveling merchants. Excellent


THE DOOR IN THE WALL AND THE MIDDLE AGES WEBQUEST NEW!
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/ibickman/door/doorindex.htm
A webquest for middle school students.
“Good Morrow, Traveler! I am also traveler from a far off place of long ago. I have heard that you will be reading,
in what you call, a novel about my good friend, Sir Robin, in The Door in the Wall.
He is a great lad! Ah, but first you would like to learn about Robin's life, manners and customs in the Middle
Ages would you not?”
Note: a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent


MEDIEVAL LIFE – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.henry.k12.ky.us/hcms/library/webquest/middleages/main.htm
A webquest for students on life in the Middle Ages.
1. As an apprentice, you will gather information as you learn about a specific aspect of Medieval Life.
Sources of this information will include Internet websites, and various print materials available in the
Library Media Center.
2. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will be able to share your knowledge with others in a
PowerPoint Presentation.
3. You will then be able to write an informational article about that aspect of medieval life and how it relates
to the world of today.”
Excellent


MEDIEVAL TIMES REALITY ADVENTURE – WEBQUEST NEW!
**http://www.ndaviess.k12.in.us/elemshare/Teachers/jweathers/Medieval.htm**
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages.
Wouldn't it be terrific to travel back in time to explore a castle and see knights in shining armor and beautiful princesses?
Just think of all the magnificent sights and heroic tournaments you would witness! But what was it "really" like to live in
Medieval Times? Perhaps you would like to see all this through the eyes of a serf, a knight, a princess, or maybe even a monk.
In your quest you will discover the world of the feudal system and explore Medieval castles. You will complete projects
along the way to progress from being a mere serf to attaining the title of king or queen.
Your serfdom will begin by watching a few short video clips from the movie Ever After.
The teacher will select the parts of the movie to show the serfs (aka Class) in the classroom.
These clips will provide you a brief glimpse of the sights and sounds of Medieval Times.
Then you will begin researching the feudal system and learning about the art, music, literature, and architecture
of Medieval Times. Be sure to stay away from rats while you look for causes and effects of the Black Death!
Imagine being called by Pope Urban II to take part in the Crusades and wondering why they were so important and what
would happen because of them. All of this and more will unfold as you travel through the activities!
Are you ready to learn what is kept in a keep, how a morning star is used, or what (besides water) can be
found in a moat? Be alert as you transform your thinking from a fairytale world to a land of reality.”
Excellent

THE MIDDLE AGES STORYTELLING WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.iwebquest.com/middleages/
A webquest for school students on the Middle Ages.
“Can you create and tell a story that will teach your peers about the people and ideas of the middle ages?” Excellent

A WEBQUEST INVESTIGATING MEDIEVAL SOCIETY NEW!
http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/sub/schools/elem/southwoo/pitman/medieval%20webquest/index.htm
A webquest for upper elementary students on life in the medieval period.
Students will explore the feudal system with an emphasis on the roles of the various members of medieval society
and their place in the social hierarchy.
Students will investigate the lives and roles of the people listed.
They will make a diagram which shows the social hierarchy of the feudal system.
They will choose one member of the society and create a monologue reflecting a day in the life of that person.”
Excellent


CASTLES IN THE MIDDLE AGES – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/oakridge/webquests/castles/Index.html
A webquest for students on castles.
“You are to write a research paper on Castles in Europe during the Middle Ages.
For this research paper, you will need to learn lots of information.
You can learn what you will need here in this Webquest on Castles of Europe.”
Note: several broken links on this site. Very Good


CASTLES, KNIGHTS AND GWEN OF AIR – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.tsc.k12.in.us/ci/webquests/webquests/MCC-KellyCavanaugh/Freak_the_Mighty_index.htm
A webquest for students on the Arthurian legends.
You will need to visit websites on King Arthur, knights, and castle life in order to complete the following activities.
Part I. Individual Task (you each MUST do this one separately):
Write a letter to Max explaining what you've learned about castles, knights, and life during the times of King Arthur.
This must be one page typed (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins), spell check your work, and be sure
edit your work before turning in! Part II.
Group Tasks (you each choose ONE of the following):
You will also design a shield that represents a major trait of Freak The Mighty.
The teacher has an outline that you can use to complete this task.
Using the words "Gwen of Air", create an acrostic poem that uses some of the elements of the story.” Very Good


ENTERTAIN THE KING: A MEDIEVAL QUEST NEW!
http://www.milforded.org/schools/eastshore/pbegin/wq/medieval.html
A webquest for students on medieval history.
“You and your medieval band of merry travelers must create a play that will both entertain and inform the court.
This play must include details about medieval times (500AD-1300AD)” Very Good


A FEUDALISM WEBQUEST: JAPAN AND EUROPE
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec596/project2/feudalism/feudalism.html
A webquest in which individual students or teams research the feudal systems in Japan and in Europe and answer a series of
questions about them. The students must draw conclusions from what they learn. Very Good


LIFE DURING MEDIEVAL TIMES – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.mashpee.k12.ma.us/JAllen/Canterbury%20Tales%20Webquest.htm
A webquest for students on life in the medieval period.
“The purpose of this webquest is to learn more about daily life during the medieval period.
To complete this webquest you need to do the following:
1. Choose a topic.
2. Research the topic using this list of sources as starting points.
3. Create a 10 minute presentation which contains the following elements:
Useful and accurate information about your topic.
A visual element relevant to your topic.
5 questions you still have about your topic.
A timeline of the Medieval Period.
An explanation of which sources you used and which you found most valuable.
Present your information to the rest of the class at a later date and get it evaluated.” Very Good


LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES QUEST NEW!
http://wneo.org/WebQuests/TeacherWebQuests/middleages/middleages.htm
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages.
“No television or VCRs, no cars or bicycles, no computers, no Mobile Phones or Facetube!!!!
What would life be like if you lived in the Middle Ages?
The Middle Ages refers to the period from the 4th to 5th century and lasted about 1000 years.
Let's do a little research and explore what it would be like if you lived back then!
Your team will be responsible for finding information regarding the various topics and presenting your findings
at the end of the two-week period.” Very Good


MIDDLE AGES WEBQUEST NEW!
http://ghills.metamora.k12.il.us/webquest/6th/middleages/midage.htm
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages.
“You are required to do two parts, A and B for this project.
Part A - Everyone needs to create a list of ten facts about feudal life.
You will be sharing your information with the class.
Part B – Choose one of the following areas and create a list of five facts about this area
When you have completed this assignment go to castles. Have fun as you explore.”
a broken link on this site. Very Good


UNDER SIEGE – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://kensett.wmsc.k12.ar.us/Handley/medieval_htm.htm
A webquest for elementary students on the Middle Ages.
Imagine witnessing a Medieval castle under siege. Huge battering rams are jarring the castle doors.
A trebuchet is hurling wall-crushing balls at the castle walls. Arrows are raining down upon knights in
metal armor. Oil is dripping down the exterior of the castle. You are a group of newscast reporters
working for HNN on special assignment. HNN has transported you back to 1325A.D.
The news producer has assigned your team to cover the siege of a prominent castle.”
Note: some broken links on this site. Very Good


CASTLE DISCOVERY – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.windarooss.qld.edu.au/Main_Pages/Castle_Webquest/welcome.htm
A webquest for students on life in castles in the Middle Ages.
Student research castle life and prepare a report or create a model. Good


CASTLES – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://webs.morningside.edu/heiser/barhame/1home.html
A webquest on castles for students.
“You are a person of royalty (either a prince, princess, or one of the head knights) in a kingdom of the Middle Ages.
The king, your father or ruler, is worried that the kingdom is growing too large to remain within its current castle's walls
and confronts you with a challenging task.
Because of the kingdom's growth, you are all in need of a new castle in order for your
kingdom to remain safe. He wants you to travel and work together, scouring the countrysides to find a
castle suitable for the kingdom or to find the best way of building a castle.
To show the king your findings, you will develop a portfolio and build a model of the castle you design for
the kingdom.” A little hard to navigate. Good


THE CRUSADES WEBQUEST
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/as/education/projects/webquests/crusades/Tkateed.html
A webquest for students on the Crusades and the Middle Ages.
Teams of students research the different Crusades and report on them and the differences between them. Good


KING ARTHUR’S ROUND TABLE ROLL CALL – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://edtech.suhsd.k12.ca.us/inprogress/act/wqkingarthur/kingarthurwq.htm
A webquest for students on King Arthur’s Round Table.
“Welcome to Camelot! King Arthur has chosen you to advise him in this year's Knights of the Round
Table selection process. In teams of three, determine which eleven knights of the realm should sit closest to him this
year. You must study the candidates carefully, as there are many worthy of this special honor.
Now, get ready to step back in time and begin your WebQuest.”
Note: There are no links provided for resources. Good premise, though. Good


MEDIEVAL WEBQUEST NEW!
**http://www.htansw.asn.au/teach/juniorhistorydocs/webquests/Medieval%20Webquest/MEDQUEST.htm**
A webquest for students on medieval life.
You are to prepare a Feature Article, which will be carried back through time and published in the Herald,
with accompanying graphics. Your group ( 4-5 students ) must explore the following aspects;
1. Castle design
2. Defensive and offensive tactics used in the siege
3. Weapons and Armor
4. Life in the castle for the different classes
5. Through interviews with people, explore how the different classes view the exchange of taxes
for protection.”
Note- a couple of broken links on this site. Good

MIDDLE AGES IN EUROPE – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.lcms.srvusd.k12.ca.us/LibMediaCenter/7th%20Grade/middle_ages_webquest.htm
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages in Europe.
Each group is responsible for:
1) Selecting a "lord" and writing a feudal contract, with promises from lord and his vassals.
The "lord" and "lady" will participate in all activities and will be in charge of making sure work of group is divided
and accomplished.
2) Making a "cut-away" castle poster.
3) Making a food poster and cooking something for our mini-feast.
Food and Drink All Gode Cookery Recipes Food in the Middle Ages
4) Creating stained glass samples.” . Good

MIDDLE AGES RESEARCH PROJECT – WEBQUEST NEW!
http://www.bres.boothbay.k12.me.us/wq/sfrisco/medieval%20webquest/Student_Page.htm
A webquest for students on the Middle Ages.
“Hear ye, hear ye loyal citizens of BRES Realm!
The Queen has hereby commanded that all her students will select a topic of their choice about the
Middle Ages for their research paper. The Queen has asked that her loyal subjects select an area that they
have a genuine interest in and that they will enjoy learning about.”
Note: found some broken links on this site. Good


Soundbyte from Monty Python and the Holy Grail