Medieval Times




California Content Standards

7.6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe.

  • Study the geography of the Europe and the Eurasian land mass, including its location, topography, waterways, vegetation, and climate and their relationship to ways of life in Medieval Europe.
  • Describe the spread of Christianity north of the Alps and the roles played by the early church and by monasteries in its diffusion after the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire.
  • Understand the development of feudalism, its role in the medieval European economy, the way in which it was influenced by physical geography (the role of the manor and the growth of towns), and how feudal relationships provided the foundation of political order.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the conflict and cooperation between the Papacy and European monarchs (e.g., Charlemagne, Gregory VII, Emperor Henry IV).
  • Know the significance of developments in medieval English legal and constitutional practices and their importance in the rise of modern democratic thought and representative institutions (e.g., Magna Carta, parliament, development of habeas corpus, an independent judiciary in England).

  • Discuss the causes and course of the religious Crusades and their effects on the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe, with emphasis on the increasing contact by Europeans with cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean world.

  • Map the spread of the bubonic plague from Central Asia to China, the Middle East, and Europe and describe its impact on global population.

  • Understand the importance of the Catholic church as a political, intellectual, and aesthetic institution (e.g., founding of universities, political and spiritual roles of the clergy, creation of monastic and mendicant religious orders, preservation of the Latin language and religious texts, St. Thomas Aquinas’s synthesis of classical philosophy with Christian theology, and the concept of "natural law").

  • Know the history of the decline of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula that culminated in the Reconquista and the rise of Spanish and Portuguese kingdoms.






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Castle View     Life in Middle Ages                     Life in Medieval Castle              Feudalism and Medieval life

Life in Middle Ages by NOVA           Vikings      Anglo-Saxons        

Destroy the Castle    Castle Explorer           Animated European Tales





Let's Build A Castle Project          How to Make a Coat of Arms             

 How to Build a K'Nex Trebuchet         Build a Trebuchet with School Supplies            

Send a Castle Postcard                Paper Model of a Castle

Another Paper Model of a Castle              Castle Pop-up Card

Another Castle Pop-Up                  Neuschwanstein Castle

Stained Glass Window       knight's helmet

authentic medieval shield           printable shield pattern PLUS clipart figures

shield/coat-of-arms                 realistic, flexible armor 

chess set                  quill pen                 

Professor Noggin's Medieval Times Card Game                 

Make a medieval triptych painting     Triptych painting -example

Triptych example 2

Make your own paper



21 Middle ages arts and Literature



More Links to Websites          Resources and Books

Castle Photos                 A list of Castle Books

Castle and Medieval Resources  -good variety

Map of Medieval Europe       blank map of medieval Europe