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Medieval Studies Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of medieval studies. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

1066 Archive
A short meta-list of links to resources connected with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Invasion of England.

Angelcynn: Anglo Saxon Living History
Information on the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain, and clothing and appearance of the pagan Anglo Saxons, and an electronic copy of the Finnesburh Fragment.

Anglo Saxon England
Timelines, narrative histories, history of London, biographies of various royal houses, historical maps, original sources and texts, and church history.

Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485)
Biographical information, and electronic copies of works from such authors as Chaucer, Gawain, Langland, Julian, Kempe, and Malory.

Byzantine and Medieval Studies Site
A meta-list of links from Fordham University.

Castle Builder
In this Grade 7 lesson plans, students are challenged to design a Welsh castle. In preparing for task, they use Internet resources to learn about the daily life of Welsh people and conduct research on castles of that period. They then create a blue print and construct a model (poster, three-dimensional model, a tour video, or a sculpture) of their castle.

Castles on the Web
A meta-list of links to WWW resources on castles. Topics include: castle tours, castle images, a glossary of castle terms, and castles for kids.

Cathedrals, Pyramids and Mosques
A multicultural teaching unit for gifted students in grades 4/5. The unit examines different aspects of city life in Florence, Tenochtitlan, and Timbuktu. Topics covered are: family life, government, religion, art and architecture. Comparisons are made between cities then and now.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans
  • Europe in the Middle Ages The focus in this intermediate level language arts and social studies unit (8 lessons) is on the development of European civilization during the Middle Ages. Topics covered are: geography, feudalism, chivalry, Norman Conquest, growth of towns, England, plagues, myths and legends.
  • Medieval China: How to Put Some "Tang" in your Medieval Dynasties Fifteen lessons for intermediate students on the T'ang and Sung dynasties.
  • Of Monks and Minstrels In this six day unit, intermediate students create a minstrel gallery, play the recorder, listen to lute music and Gregorian chant, and perform an English sword dance and original ballad compositions at a Medieval feast.

Feudal Life: What Was It Really Like to Live in the Middle Ages?
Life in the feudal period is described through articles on religion, homes, clothing, health, arts & entertainment, and town life.

Footwear of the Middle Ages
Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval shoes.

Geoffrey Chaucer
This site is intended as support for some Harvard University courses. Some of its resources are quite academic in nature (e.g., comments/explanatory notes on the Canterbury Tales, information on contemporary authors) and might be used by senior high school students. However, there are also documents which give general background information on the times (e.g., Life and Manners, Science) and these are more generally applicable.

[A] Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Descriptions, pictures, and links to over 30 musical instruments of this period.

Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
The site contains pictures of cathedrals, abbeys, parish churchs and castles in England and France (other country pages were under construction at the time of review). There are also maps of England over various time periods.

Knighthood, Chivalry, and Tournaments Resource Library
This is a resource base, provided by the "Chronique, Journal of Chivalry" for those interested in medieval studies. Information is available on Castles & Architecture, Arms & Armour, Philosophy/Chivalry , Fighting, Knighthood, Medieval History, and Tourneys. In addition, there are two glossaries of terms, one on Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournament and the other on Arms and Armour.

[The] Labyrinth: A World Wide Web Server for Medieval Studies
One of the most extensive meta-lists of links to medieval resources available. It's a searchable web server from Georgetown University.

Medieval Drama Links
A meta-list of links all focused on medieval theatre, including drama (eg. Costumes), music and dance.

Medieval Fiefdom
ThinkQuest students created the series of articles describing life in a medieval fiefdom. A high bandwidth option exists for those wishing high grade multimedia accompaniement.

Medieval Life: Squires, Maidens and Peasants
This teaching unit from the Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute is intended for grade 7 students. Each of three concepts (feudalism, the castle, and the manor) is introduced through a fictional story where students can meet medieval figures at their own age level. Combined with background information that the teacher provides, these stories lead to related topics and activities.

Medieval/Renaissance Food
Links to articles/publications about medieval food as well as to individual recipes.

Medieval/Renaissance Wedding Information
Lots of information here.

Medieval Scotland
Information about Scottish history, names and clothing in the middle ages.

[The] Medieval Technology Pages
A somewhat academic treatment of technological innovation in western Europe during the Middle Ages. Articles can be accessed via a time line but the subject index is more complete.

Medieval Times
Here's a two month interdisciplinary unit for intermediate students with suggested activities in PE, Music, Art, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. Caution: you may have difficulty reading the small sized print and/or picking it out of the coloured background.

[The] Middle Ages
This thematic unit is designed for primary students who discover the Middle Ages through multidisciplinary activities.

Mr. Donn's World History Page: Medieval/Middle Ages
Lin and Don Donn have pulled together an impressive set of links to over 25 instructional units and lesson plans on the middle ages including coverage beyond the traditional study of European countries. In addition, they have links to: School Pages, Lesson Ideas & Webquests; online games and activities; and resources. Click on "Medieval/Middle Ages" to access.

Net Serf
Don't miss out on this significant meta-list of links to medieval resources. Links are organized into headings such as: archeology, architecture, art, culture, drama, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, people, religion, and science and technology. Be prepared for a long download.

Online Medieval and Classical Library
This University of California (Berkeley) site contains links to the full texts of selected English, Irish, Icelandic, French, Italian, and Norwegian Medieval writing, most of which are in the original language. The entire database of texts is searchable by word or phrase.

ORB (Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies)
ORB is an on-line source of resources on medieval studies prepared in a cooperative WWW project by Medieval scholars in many institutions. It includes: an index of original essays arranged by topics, a number of resources for teaching (e.g., readings on the various periods, full text of original sources), links to other medieval resources on the WWW, and a reference shelf that has links to primary source graphics that may be downloaded. Check out especially the Internet Medieval Sourcebook, an electronic sourcebook of public domain and copy-permitted medieval documents.

Renaissance Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page has links to curricular resources as well as to instructional materials (e.g., lesson plans) for teachers or students wishing to extend their studies from the medieval period into the Renaissance period.

Sworn to Serve
Junior high students explore the political structure of feudal society and the impact Christianity had on medieval life in this two week unit.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "middle ages" will produce numerous hits. ("Medieval" also works but provides fewer hits). Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

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