New Resources for later medieval history at KS3, GCSE and A level

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Dec 222017

The HA has put online a range of open-access resources created by teachers on the HA’s Teacher Fellowship on later medieval history HERE …

These resources comprise materials on:

Medieval Marriage (Key Stage 3) – a role-play using a real dispute in York, exploring how marriage disputes were settled and what this tells us about the period

The Battle of Agincourt (GCSE) – a role-play helping students understand the narrative of events and the reasons for Henry V’s success

Hundred Years War sources (A-level) – a collection of source material on the events of 1415 to 1453 for use in courses and for independent studies

Wars of the Roses sources (A-level) – a discussion written for students which explores the nature of late medieval sources, how we use them and summarises contextual information about major sources

Wars of the Roses ‘Who’s Who’ (A-level) – activities to help students work out ‘who’s who’ 1437-1485 together with a lengthy set of mini-biographies of key figures students study

Medieval and Early Modern gallery (A-level) – an activity developing students’ sense of period through visual sources

We hope that early in 2018 an additional resource will be added on the Paston and their letters.


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Medieval Public Health

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Nov 162017

Dr Dolly Jorgensen is a leading environmental historian whose doctorate was on urban sanitation in England and Scandinavia from 1350-1600. She has written a number of articles on public health in medieval England which are available on her website:

These articles include a critique of the BBC programme presented by Dan Snow on medieval London in the Filthy Cities series in 2011. It’s a programme I only remember because I was so appalled by its approach (the lack of respect for the people of the time and for the evidence) that I abandoned it after ten minutes!

The article demonstrates how misleading a picture that programme created and is well-worth reading, both for the evidence and its broader discussion of how negative interpretations of the Middle Ages are a product of poorly conceived historical narratives based on assumptions about patterns of progress. Every period since the Middle Ages has had its reasons for looking down on the past (as Professor Carole Rawcliffe has demonstrated in detail in relation to Victorian discussions of medieval public health) and our own age is little or no different.

Download this article here …

See a discussion of Carole Rawcliffe’s work on this website here …

And there’s an old activity of mine that’s based on evidence from records from London here …


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