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Medieval Europe- Military and Defence Systems: Medieval Europe

Year 8 History

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Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.



During the middle ages, the majority of people lived in rural villages rather than urban cities or large towns. But what was everyday life like in a medieval village?

Have you ever been curious about Medieval life? Would you travel back in time if you could? Do you think you would enjoy it? How long would you last? Hear ye, hear ye! The Middle Ages sucked! After 200 years of peace and prosperity under 'Pax Romana,' the Roman Empire fell into crisis and decline. Thus began the Middle Ages, more commonly known as the Dark Ages; beginning towards the end of the 5th century and lasting until the start of the Renaissance in the 14th century.

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This action packed, fact filled rampage through the medieval world was filmed in the UK, France and Denmark. Historian and weapons expert Mike Loades goes medieval diving deep into the world of the Middle Ages. From the 5th to the 15th centuries, Mike battles the realities vs. the myths of this extraordinary time crusading for the core of real life while delivering fun-filled facts. From living, working and fighting to how to keep a knight's armor shiny using a vigorous rub of sand, vinegar and urine,

Going Medieval is an expert account of life during medieval times. Mike looks at castle building techniques, knights, medieval travel on sea and land, town life, the arms race between armour and the longbow, hunting, falconry, cooking and feasting, agriculture (including ploughing with oxen), laundry, leeching, the plague, siege warfare and medieval artillery.

Medieval Life



The period of European history extending from about 500 to 1400–1500 CE is traditionally known as the Middle Ages. The term was first used by 15th-century scholars to designate the period between their own time and the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Time Maps

This article mainly concerns western Medieval Europe (“Medieval” means “Middle Ages”) – that is, that part of Europe which came within the influence of the western Catholic church. Medieval eastern Europe is dealt with elsewhere.

World History Encyclopaedia

An illustration depicting the strict hierarchical structure of the societies of Western Europe in the Middle Ages (c.10th-13th century) based on a tenement-based distribution of the land into units or "fiefs." During a period commonly known as Feudalism

The Brittish Library

Find out about social history in the Middle Ages by exploring articles revealing the everyday lives of people across the social spectrum.