The Middle Ages

1. Changing castle design
6. Crime and punishments
2. The Church
7. The murder of Becket
3. The Crusades
8. The Magna Carta
4. Village life
9. Parliament
5. Town life
10. The Black Death
11. The Peasants' Revolt

 

Changing castle design

Castles of Britain
*** This cool site contains photos of all Britain's castles - which is your favourite?  Also find out about haunted castles and other trivia.

 

Destroy the castle!
***** I love this one! Set your trebuchet correctly to try and demolish the castle. 

 

Weapons through Time
*** Try and match the different weapons to the correct time period in this multimedia BBC activity.

 

Medieval Arms Race
**** Learn about the different ways of attacking a castle.

 

A Virtual Tour of Pickering Castle

 

The Church

Life in the Middle Ages
** A useful, but brief, guide to find out what it was really like in the Middle Ages - with sections on clothes, homes, religion etc.

The Lord's Prayer in Olde Englishe
*** Hear what it would have sounded like in the Middle Ages!


History Learning Site: The Medieval Church
** Some useful introductory information.

 

Paint Wells Cathedral
***An unusual game from the BBC - use the interactive paintbrush to recreate the original splendour of the West front of Wells Cathedral which once "glowed with paint and shone like gold".

 

Build a Cathedral arch game
***A chance to learn about how medieval cathedral builders created those amazing arches.

 

Medieval Church architecture
** Do you know your transept from an apse?  Take this BBC interactive challenge to find out!

 

The Crusades

Time Traveller's Guide to the Middle Ages
*** This website is produced by Channel 4 and is full of interesting detail (in case you ever need to time travel)

 

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
**** This website contains links to thousands of documents on the Medieval period.  Begin with 'Selected Sources' or 'Search the Sourcebook'.

Medieval Crusades
*** The story of the Crusades with some useful biographies of the main people involved.

 

The Crusades

*** Tells the story of the Crusades and has information about weapons and a quiz to test your knowledge.

 

Village life

Life in the Middle Ages
** A useful, but brief, guide to find out what it was really like in the Middle Ages - with sections on clothes, homes, religion etc.

 

Time Traveller's Guide to the Middle Ages
*** This website is produced by Channel 4 and is full of interesting detail (in case you ever need to time travel)

 

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
**** This website contains links to thousands of documents on the Medieval period.  Begin with 'Selected Sources' or 'Search the Sourcebook'.

 

Wharram Percy - English Heritage

** An English Heritage site about probably the most famous medieval village in England. Click on the "The history of..." section to find out some useful information.

Wharram Percy

** This site looks a bit dull but has some excellent information and is worth a look. Written by a former tour guide of the site. 

 

Wharram Percy

** A bit heavy with detail but does contain some excellent information about the village. It also includes some nice pictures,

 

 

 

 

Town life

Historylearningsite

** A good starting place. This has some information about towns in general and some links to other sites.

 

Medieval English towns

*** A very detailed site about towns. As well as information this site includes medieval documents (typed) and a useful gloassary.

 

Life in the Middle Ages
** A useful, but brief, guide to find out what it was really like in the Middle Ages - with sections on clothes, homes, religion etc.

 

Time Traveller's Guide to the Middle Ages
*** This website is produced by Channel 4 and is full of interesting detail (in case you ever need to time travel)

 

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
**** This website contains links to thousands of documents on the Medieval period.  Begin with 'Selected Sources' or 'Search the Sourcebook

 

Medieval towns - choosing a site

**** This site gives some brief information about why towns developed where they did. There is also a quiz and a wordsearch to complete as well.

 

 

 

 

The criminal justice system

Time Traveller's Guide to the Middle Ages
*** This website is produced by Channel 4 and is full of interesting detail (in case you ever need to time travel)

Law and Order in Medieval Times
***** Compare crime and punishments in the Middle Ages with the systems today (and in other time periods).

 

Cambridgeshire criminal justice board

*** Some useful information on this site which highlights different types of punishments in the middle ages.

 

Murder of Becket

Henry II and Thomas Becket
**** Try this clever decision-making game - can you be Henry II and survive with your reputation intact?

Murder! The story and the documents

*** Useful story version of the murder and other activities provided by the British Library


The murder of Becket

*** A thorough account of Becket's murder, including primary sources.

Thomas Becket

*** Another good account of Becket's murder. This site also has links to other people and events from this period.  

 

Thomas Becket

*** Similar to the above site but also has some primary sources listed at the bottom as well.

 

Henry II and Becket

*** A great site and here are some useful links to Becket. You may have already tried the decision making game from the top of these links. Have a look at the games on this site too!

 

 

 

Magna Carta

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
**** This website contains links to thousands of documents on the Medieval period.  Begin with 'Selected Sources' or 'Search the Sourcebook'.


School History: King John

* Some basic information about King John and the Magna Carta, followed by an on-line test.

See the Magna Carta
**** See the original document from the British Library's collection and read the translation.

Parliament

The Birth of Parliament

*** A brief but useful site which outlines the origins of Parliament. There are also some links to follow on the left-hand side

 

Simon de Montfort

** A site dedicated to the life of Simon de Montfort who played a large part in the first Parliament. At the moment this site is still developing.

Black Death

History Channel Microsite: The Plague
**** Read all about the Black Death and explore pictures and video clips in this cool multimedia microsite from the History Channel.

 

A quite detailed page from the Eyewitness to History website

BBC

** An extremely detailed account of the Black Death.

 

Peasants' Revolt

The Peasants Revolt - information pages
**A useful summary of the causes, events and results of the 1381 revolt provided by the History Learning Site.

The National Archives: The Peasants' Revolt
** Part of a broader 'Citizenship' on-line exhibition, providing the chance to explore the original documents from the period.

The Middle Ages Website - Peasants' Revolt
Some useful information from this interesting site.

Peasants' Revolt Video

***A very good starting point. This nine-minute video tells the story of the revolt and visits many of the places mentioned. A good resource for visual learners - but watch out for the scene in the meat market.