- Claimants to the Throne Wordsearch A wordsearch of key words associated with the claimants to the throne following the death of Edward the Confessor. An ideal starter activity.
- Battle of Hastings Anagrams A selection of anagrams relating to the Battle of Hastings. An ideal starter activity.
- Battle of Hastings Anagrams Differentiated As above, but first letter of each word is included for pupils with SEN.
- 1066 Crossword A crossword with clues relating to the events of 1066.
- Feudalism Starter Activity A diagram of the feudal system from this website with simple questions. An ideal starter activity.
- Early Medieval Clothing An illustrated worksheet showing the clothing worn by noblemen and peasants in the early medieval period.
- Medieval Food An illustrated worksheet showing the types of food eaten by both rich and poor in the medieval period.
- Understanding Castles An illustrated worksheet giving information about the development of castles.
- Castles Wordsearch A wordsearch of key words associated with castles.
- Attacking Castles A table for pupils to complete with good and bad points of various methods of attack.
- Crusades Anagrams A selection of anagrams relating to the Crusades.
- Crusades Anagrams Differentiated As above but with the first letter of each word included.
- Kings of England Wordsearch A Wordsearch of the names of English Kings between 1066 and 1485.
- Medieval Church Wordsearch A wordsearch of key words relating to the Medieval church.
- Effects of Magna Carta A table for pupils to complete showing which feature benefited which group of people.
- Black Death Wordsearch A wordsearch of key words related to the Black Death.
If you think, as some do today, that many drugs used as medicines are potentially deadly, consider what people living in medieval times were prescribed as curative agents—from ground up corpses to toxic mercury to crocodile dung. The annals of medieval medical history are full of substances that make us cringe. Yet people believed in these cure-alls and willingly took them when prescribed by a doctor of the... Read More
The Neo-Assyrian Empire used earthen ramps, siege towers and battering rams in sieges; the Greeks and Alexander the Great created destructive new engines known as artillery to further their sieges, and the Romans used every technique to perfection. That is to say, the Romans were not inventors, but they were superb engineers and disciplined, tough soldiers who fought against great odds and won, repeatedly.... Read More
Demetrius I, King of Macedon, invented many siege engines including battering rams and siege towers. For the Siege of Rhodes, he created the Helepolis, the Taker of Cities, a huge armored siege tower containing many heavy catapults.
The island city of Rhodes maintained its neutrality among the warring nations of the time, although it remained friendly to Ptolemy I of Egypt, the enemy of Demetrius of... Read More
In the first part of this series, we noted the siege equipment of the Assyrians consisted of complex battering rams, earthen ramps and a dedicated corps of engineers and sappers. Alexander the Great and the Greeks would take the next steps in the evolution of siege warfare. The Greeks had invented the catapult circa 399 B.C. Alexander innovated by fastening catapults and ballistas on the decks of ships to breach... Read More
While sieges had taken place earlier than the Neo-Assyrian Empire, such as that between Egyptian Pharoah Thutmose III and Canaanite rebels led by Kadesh at the Megiddo fortress in the 15th century B.C., the Assyrians perfected the art of siege warfare during the Neo-Assyrian Empire from 911 to 609 B.C.
Through war and conquest, Assyria became the most powerful empire the world had yet seen. After the... Read More