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Year 8 History: Medieval Europe

A resource guide for the topics in Year 8 History

Medieval Period

The medieval period, or the Middle Ages, was a time in European history before the modern era. In the 4th century ad, Germanic peoples began crossing the frontiers of the Roman Empire, in part because of the advance of ferocious warriors from the east—the Huns. The movement of the Germanic peoples contributed to the so-called fall of the Roman Empire. Although violent clashes occurred between Romans and various Germanic tribes, the process also involved the more peaceful migration and settlement of Germanic peoples in the empire and their incorporation in Roman armies. The Germanic peoples themselves underwent important social and cultural changes as a result of their contact with Rome. They were gradually “Romanized,” adopting various Roman traditions—including Christianity—and they became more settled. The union of Germanic traditions and Roman religion and culture led to the emergence of the civilization of the Middle Ages. (Britannica School) Click on the link to find many other resources related to Medieval History.

Medieval Life

Horrible Histories - Measly Middle Ages

Travel back to the Measly Middle Ages in this hilarious compilation!

The Story of The Bayeux Tapestry


Click on this image and read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry - The story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066. William's defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings ensured the success of the Norman invasion of England.

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College. Just as the historic original embroidary does, the animation depicts the lead up to to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066. Starts about halfway through the original work at the appearence of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings. (4 min.)

The Crusades

This video is a short, to-the-point overview of how the Crusades began and their general history across the Middle Ages and into the Early Modern era. (6 min.)

Plague: Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa

The Black Death

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