An overview of many of the aspects of medieval life and events.
The Middle Ages
We think of knights in shining armor, lavish banquets, wandering minstrels, kings, queens, bishops, monks, pilgrims, and glorious pageantry.
Build a Medieval Castle
Windows freeware to download pattern for building a good-sized medieval castle complete with towers, gatehouse and keep.
Cardboard Box Castle
Find a really large cardboard box. Draw lines where the cutting for the turrets and drawbridge should go. Then get an adult to help with a box cutter. Paint to suit.
You are a Medieval Castle Builder living in Wales in the year 1076. You are hired by the Norman Baron William de Clare to build him a fantastic castle in Aberystwyth, Wales. A project for students about 10-15 years old.
The Castle of King Edward
King Edward lived in this castle during the Middle Ages. Find out about the people who lived and worked in this castle.
The Castles of Wales
We hope to educate and enlighten you about not only Welsh castles, but about the unique history of the Welsh people and their centuries-old struggle to preserve their land, their culture, and their ancient language.
Castles for Kids
Castles looked cool on the outside, but really they were cold, damp, and poorly lit. The only heating was provided by fireplaces in each room and castles had to be lit by torches because they were very dark inside.
Click anywhere on the castle drawing to learn more of what happens there.
Make a Paper and Cardboard Medieval Castle
This is a complete project that shows you how to make a medieval castle out of paper and cardboard. Pattern included.
is under attack ! To Arms! To Arms! Make a simple castle and then lay siege to it. Just print out the designs I have provided for you and follow the directions.
Tower of London Activities for Families
Fun things to do both while touring the real castle and just while visiting the website from anywhere! There are a number of worksheet booklets to download. Some stories of ghosts that may haunt the Tower to this day.
Fiction about Medieval Life
Be transported back to this age of chivalry. Many locations around the US.
Toys in the Middle Ages
Today’s children still play with toys that were common place in the Middle Ages: balls, dolls, hobby horses, pull toys and more. Few toys survived from the medieval period but those that did, in addition to other evidence from this period and from other cultures, indicate that children’s toys are remarkably universal.
Camelot Village: Britain’s Heritage and History
The Medieval Street will let you learn more about the people and the society of the middle ages. By selecting different people who are on the street today you can learn about such things as the feudal system and how to live like a lord.
EyeWitness to History: The Middle Ages and Renaissance
An extensive site with easy to understand stories about the people and events of this time period.
Marco Polo and His Travels
Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner traveled on the Silk Road. He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became the greatest travelogue.
The Medieval Times
Links from the Society of Creative Anachronism to help members recreate as authentically as possible.
The trebuchet was one of the most devastating weapons of the Middle Ages. During medieval sieges, this destruction machine crushed castle walls. Using trial and error, medieval engineers adjusted the trebuchet to make sure its missile hit the castle wall–and destroyed it.
Medieval Sourcebook: The Crusades
Detailed and original sources about the Crusades. From the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies.
The Women Left Behind
The effect of the Crusades on women left behind to fend for themselves was dramatic.
Heraldry is both a science and an art form. Emblems and insignia were born upon shields and banners during battle. A good resource if you’d like to design a shield for your family.
You will play the part of 14 year old Robert, second son of Lord Landley. You will use the knowledge of heraldry and blazonry to identify other characters and know them for friend or foe. Your fate will lie in your ability to correctly identify them as the story unfolds; if you fail the consequences may be dire as these are harsh and brutal times.
Soft & Strong Shields
Craft project ideas. A gallery of shields. Designs and monograms to print out and use as templates for a foam rubber, balsa wood, or styrofoam shield.
Kings & Queens
Eleanor of Aquitaine
One of the most powerful and fascinating personalities of feudal Europe.
The High History of the Holy Grail
The search for the Holy Grail consumed the middle ages, and is mixed with the histories of Eleanor and Arthur, and the history of the Christian and Celtic religions.
History of the Monarchy; Kings and Queens of England (to 1603)
The Middle Ages saw several fierce contests for the Crown, culminating in the Wars of the Roses, which lasted for nearly a century.
Take this personality test and see what kind of medieval ruler you might have been, and get an insight into your future career. Enter only your first name, or a made-up name when asked.
Knights & Ladies
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
At a time when few women wrote, Hildegard, known as “Sybil of the Rhine”, produced major works of theology and visionary writings. When few women were accorded respect, she was consulted by and advised bishops, popes, and kings.
Knight’s Helmet with Visor for Kids to Make
Jack wanted to make a knight’s helmet with a visor – and here it is, complete with jaunty feather on top! It’s a little more complicated to make. Part of a Knight Theme Activity site.
Simple craft ideas for the knight theme
The craft instructions are described simply and are generally quick to make. With a little bit of resourcefulness and patience, you can make objects similar to the equipment of a knight.
Legends & Heroes
Joan of Arc
by Tony Lee, Sam Hart (Illustrator)
Acclaimed graphic-novel creators Tony Lee and Sam Hart present a dynamic retelling of the heroic and tragic tale of Joan of Arc.It is 1424. France and England have been fighting for more than a hundred years, and Jehanne D’Arc experiences her first saintly vision. Even her parents think she’s delirious—until her next vision allows them to save the village. From a small town to the besieged city of Orleans and on to the cathedral of Reims, Joan follows her faith and leads the French to victory after victory. But not everyone believes in the divine voices she hears. Some call her a heretic and want her burned at the stake. From the creators of Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur comes a visually striking, action-packed story of a young woman facing the men who lead her country, her enemies’ deadly arrows, and her own fears, to become a heroine whose name would be remembered for centuries to come.
Joan of Arc Archive
Allen Williamson’s extensive website about the life and times of Joan of Arc.
Joan of Arc: Maid of Heaven
The official records of the last two examinations have survived and give a wealth of information about Joan of Arc. The following pages here at MaidOfHeaven.com attempt to organize her history into a presentable format to aid both the scholar seeking in-depth information and the novice merely wanting an overview into the life of Joan of Arc.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
By Mark Twain. Consider this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history began, Joan of Arc is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme command of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Was Arthur a true, historical figure or only a hero of legend? This is truly up to each and every one of us to decide for ourselves. Arthur represents a man who was the epitome of good against evil, light against darkness, and that eternal, never-ending struggle between what is right and that which is wrong.
Robin Hood — Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood
This Robin Hood site offers a large amount of historical and legendary information on the stories of Robin Hood, England’s best-loved outlaw, and his band of Merry Men.
World Wide Robin Hood Society
Who was Robin Hood? Was he historical fact or simply a medieval fiction? Why has the Robin Hood Legend become so loved and well known across the world and through the generations? This group aims to find the answers to the legend of Robin Hood.
Regia Anglorum attempts to recreate a cross section of English life around the turn of the first millennium. Our actual self-imposed brief is AD950 – 1066, although our events may sometimes be set a few decades either side of these dates.
The Society for Creative Anachronism
SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history. (The headquarters is actually here in Milpitas!)
Folk Play Research Home Page
English folk plays, often called Mummers’ Plays, are short traditional verse sketches performed at Christmas, Easter and other annual festivals and taken round pubs and private houses.
The Foresters: Robin Hood and Maid Marian
By Lord Alfred Tennyson. Complete script for those who would like to do an olde English play.
Camelot Village: Britain’s Heritage and History
Choose one of the occupants of the street to find out more about medieval life. Sound, interactive. Quite a delight!
Medieval England – daily life in medieval towns
Towns were built on trade, and the elite of towns were the merchants. Merchant guilds controlled town government, though they often clashed with craft guilds for power.
How To Build A Trebuchet
Here are plans and pictures on how to build this medieval trebuchet. It is a siege engine that wreaked havoc in the middle ages and you can make this small 12 inch table top version with materials from around the house. Building this catapult-like weapon is easy and you can do it in a couple of hours. Without any tweaking or modifications this trebuchet launches a clay ball thirty feet. Additional plans near the end of this page.
Learn about the laws of physics when you play this game about a medieval seige weapon.