Middle Ages

Where can I find information about the Middle Ages?

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Entry last updated: 06/03/19

Introduction

European history between about 500 and 1500 AD is known as the Middle Ages or Medieval period. People think of the Middle Ages as a time of knights and castles. Also great changes happened throughout Europe during the Middle Ages especially in weapons technology and political structures.

General websites

In the websites below you will find useful facts, images, and other information about the Middle Ages.

DK Find Out!

This website has brief entries on all sorts of topics including the Middle Ages, with lots of interactive areas.

  1. Select History section.
  2. Type in keywords eg 'Middle Ages' or 'medieval'.
  3. Choose results like Castles and Medieval fashion.
Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. Usually it’s better to leave out small words like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, e.g Middle ages. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

History

This is the official website of the History Channel. It has entries on topics and people from history, including videos.

  1. Search for 'Middle Ages'.
  2. Select an article like Middle Ages - Facts & Summary - watch out for ads.
Tips: Some websites have advertisements (or ads) which ask us to buy something or tell us to ‘click here’. It’s best to ignore these ads and focus on the information we’re looking for.

Khan Academy

A free-to-use site filled with videos and articles on lots of topics, including the Middle Ages.

  1. Search by keyword eg 'knights'.
  2. Select from the results eg Feudal system during the Middle Ages (video).
Tips: Websites that have .org in the address can have good information, but you need to check how reliable it is. Check the About link on this website. That can tell you what the organisation's mission and values are.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are things like buildings, artworks, or documents created during the Middle Ages by people who were there.

British Library - learning

The British library focuses on English history and literature from the Middle Ages till recent times with primary sources in a digitised format.

  1. Go to Online resources.
  2. Scroll down to the History section and choose The Middle Ages.
  3. Select an article eg Women in medieval society .
Tips: Websites that have .uk in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on this website to find out what the company’s mission and values are.

Spartacus Educational

Spartacus Educational has brief entries focusing on British history and society. It includes examples of primary source material in each entry.

  1. Search for 'Middle Ages'.
  2. Select from the results eg Life in the Middle Ages.
  3. Choose a subsection eg Farming in the Middle Ages .
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the Author link on this website to find out who has written the information.

EPIC resources

EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

Britannica School

This online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica is a reliable website with great information on the Middle ages.

  1. Login using your school password (or ask a librarian on AnyQuestions).
  2. Choose a level like Middle (you can always change the level later, if you need to).
  3. Type your keyword 'middle ages' into the search bar.
  4. Choose Middle Ages (European history).

World History in Context

Another EPIC database with reliable information on lots of topics.Here you can find articles, primary sources, biographies or pictures.

  1. Login using your school password (or ask a librarian on AnyQuestions).
  2. Type your keyword 'middle ages' into the search bar.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Books

There have been many books written about the Middle Ages - check out your local public or school library to see what books they have.

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