Teaching Themes - Castles Below, you will find a wide range of ideas and resources to help you when you are teaching children about castles, knights and dragons. If you have any relevant resources to share, please email them and I will add them to this page. Thank you! The Castle Audio Track - An audio track which can be used for exercises relating to relaxation / feeling safe. Contributed by Play Pause Unwind. <A HREF=" Find ideas and resources linked to popular books about knights, castles and dragons!
Secrets of Lost Empires | Medieval Siege Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "Medieval Siege," scheduled for broadcast on January 24, 2006. In the film, which is a part of the NOVA series Secrets of Lost Empires, a team of timber framers and other specialists design, build, and fire a pair of trebuchets, a devastating engine of war popular in the Middle Ages. Here's what you'll find online: Medieval Arms Race The trebuchet was only the most frightening of the weapons early European warriors employed in siege warfare. They also relied on battering rams, siege towers, tunnels - anything to gain access to a castle. Medieval Arms Race | NOVA Builds a Trebuchet | Life in a Castle Destroy the Castle | Resources | Transcript Medieval Siege | Pharaoh's Obelisk | Easter Island | Roman Bath | China Bridge | Site Map NOVA Online | Editor's Picks | Previous Sites | Join Us/E-mail | TV/Web Schedule About NOVA | Teachers | Site Map | Shop | Jobs | Search | To print © | created January 2000
A Medieval Mystery This lesson is suitable for KS3 History Unit 19: 'How and why did the Holocaust happen?' and could also be used to support Citizenship at KS3 Unit 4: 'Britain - a diverse society?'. The cartoon depicts the profoundly negative way in which Jews were viewed in 13th century England. There are a number of figures in the cartoon that we can identify: Isaac fil Jurnet Isaac fil Jurnet was one of the richest Jews in England and certainly the richest Jew in Norwich, where he and his family had lived for a number of generations. Isaac was the chief money-lender to the Abbot and monks of Westminster. Isaac is pictured with a triple beard to associate him with the devil and suggest sexual excess. Mosse Mokke Mosse Mokke worked for Isaac, collecting the money owed to him. Abigail Another well known figure in medieval Norwich was Abigail, or Avegay, who some said was the wife of Mosse Mokke. The Devils Finally, there is a reference to a devil named Mammon.
Welcome to the Middle Ages Perhaps it was a knight in shining armor, thundering up on a magnificent charger, wielding a blazing sword. Or maybe it was a mighty castle with banners snapping in the wind. Could it have been the image of a lady in a flowing gown and pointy hat, trailing veils behind her? Was it the jester in motley, the monk in his scriptorium, the peasant behind his plow? Whatever attracts us to the Middle Ages, this dim and distant era holds an undeniable fascination for scholars and laymen alike. Because of this dichotomy of fantasy and fact, no other period of history holds quite the same attraction as the medieval. Encompassing as it does such a broad range of time and space, the Middle Ages offers an extensive variety of subjects to explore. --or set off on any one of a thousand journeys of discovery. So welcome to the Middle Ages!
The Castles of Wales Myths About the Middle Ages When you think of the Middle Ages, chances are you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and filth. And you can hardly be blamed for that, when everything from the movies you watch to your high school history teacher (who was mainly the football coach) has told you that ... #6. Scientific Progress Was Dead Getty The Myth: They call it the Dark Ages for a reason. Getty"No, we can't cross the ocean there, don't you see that sea monster in the way?" The Reality: Aside from the fact that, as we've already explained, most people in the Middle Ages did not think the Earth was flat, the church wasn't responsible for killing science -- to the contrary, it was largely responsible for saving it. After the barbarians invaded Europe and Rome went the way of the dinosaurs, the Catholic church was the last remaining aspect of Roman culture in Western Europe. SjuPfft, like people are going to want to learn a whole other set of characters.
Medieval Life - Feudalism The Feudal System was introduced to England following the invasion and conquest of the country by William I (The Conqueror). The system had been used in France by the Normans from the time they first settled there in about 900AD. It was a simple, but effective system, where all land was owned by the King. One quarter was kept by the King as his personal property, some was given to the church and the rest was leased out under strict controls. A simple plan showing how the Feudal System works Click on the yellow boxes to find out more information The King The King was in complete control under the Feudal System. Back Barons Barons leased land from the King which was known as a manor. Knights Knights were given land by a Baron in return for military service when demanded by the King. Villeins Villeins, sometimes known as serfs, were given land by Knights. Activities Bibliography/Further Information
Medieval City Careers What did people do in the Middle Ages? If you meet a random person on the street, what is his likely occupation? Or did people work at all? Were the Middle Ages some Communist utopia, where everybody laid around all day and things were magically produced by fairies? Of course not. In the following list, I have made a link to the online version of Webster's Dictionary, so you can find out what things are. Is there something on this page you'd like to see that isn't here? Open Questions This site gets me a fair few questions via email, many of which I can just answer. currently none! If you can answer any of these, or even have some clues, mail me. Governmental Occupations These are the people who run things. bailiff - the man who makes arrests and executions. Military Occupations Who keeps the country safe from encroaching enemies and wild monsters? Criminal Occupations Wherever there is society, there are criminals. Religious Occupations Priests are relatively common in role playing games.