Books to Use

Chapman, Lynne (1999). Medieval Castles. Makota, Minn: Creative Education. 

This book discusses the history, use and structure of medieval castles.

Blackwood, Gary (1999). Life in a Medieval Castle. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books

This book describes the history, purposed and how they constructed medieval castles.

MacDonald, Fiona (1990). A Medieval Castle. New York: Peter Bedrick Books

This book has both text and cut away illustrations showing how people lived and worked inside a castle.

Hamilton, John (2006). Knights and Heros. Edina, Minn: ABDO Pub. Co.

This book has knights and heros of legends and folklore.

Claire, John D. (1992). Knights in Armour. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace

This book shows the lifestyle and changing role of a knight in the Middle Ages.

Gravett, Christopher (1996). The World of a Medieval Knight. New York: Peter Bedrick Books

This book looks at the life of a knight in the Middle Ages including castles, feasts, armour and more.

MacDonald, Fiona (2004). You Wouldn't Want To Be Medieval Knight: Armour You'd Rather Not Wear. New York: Franklin Watts

This book explains the training process, different traditions, and life of knights during the Middle Ages.

Powell, John (2002). Weapons and Warfare. Pasedena, CA: Salem Press

This book talks about different weapons and how they changed throughout the years.

Marshall, Chris (1999). Warefare in the Medieval World. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn

This book describes the armies, fighting tactics, and weapons used in the Middle Ages.

Cox, Phil Roxbee (2002). What Were Castles For? London: Usborne

This book explains how castles were used in the Middle Ages and also discusses nobles, knights, weapons, and more.

Wroble, Lisa A. (1997). Kids in the Middle Ages. New York: PowerKids Press

This book explains the life of a child during the Middle Ages.

Langley, Andrew (1996). Medieval Life. New York: Knopf

This book describes the life in medieval Europe, covering everyday life, religion, and more.

Aliki (1983). A Medieval Feast. New York: HarperCollins

This book describes the preparation and celebration of a medieval feast.

Black, Maggie (1992). A Medieval Cookbook. NewYork: Thames and Hudson

This book contains eighty recipes from Medieval Times but changed for our modern kitchens.

MacDonald, Fiona (2003). You wouldn't want to be in Medieval Dungeon. New York: F. Watts

Describes life in the Medieval dungeons.

Leon, Vikki (1998). Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages. New York: Wiley

This book is about influential women who lived in Europe, Africa, and the Far East during the Middle Ages.



Living in the past. Life in Medieval Times. Produced by Kultur Internatinoal Films. (2006). DVD

This movie explains the everyday life in the Medieval Times. Features: A reconstructed working medieval village, Authentic recreations to illustrate all aspects of life all that time and more.  The students will really enjoy watching this in class.

Medieval heroines in history and legend. Wheeler, Bonnie. Published by Teaching Co.(2002). CD

This set contains six CD's and a book which goes through the different heroines during Medieval Times.  Because of the many CD's, I would advise teachers to listen to these and only share the information you feel is important to the students.  

Medieval Times, Castles and Cathedrals, Life in the Middle Ages.  Produced by Joseph Sitko, distributed by United Learning. (1992). VHS

This movie is a great resource for teachers to gain more knowledge on castles and cathedrals.  It is very informative but it may seem boring to the kids.  It would be better to pull out the more important information and only share that instead of making the kids watch the entire movie.  

Times Medieval. Published by Discovery Communications. (1997) VHS and CD-Rom, teacher's guide and 30 student worksheets.

"Knights in shining armor, tales of valor and bravery, magnificient castles rising out of the mist--they're all here in this four-part video that looks at some aspects of life in the Middle Ages.  Learn about the feudal society, the armore that protected knights and soldiers, the castles that guarded a lord and his people against attack.  Then study the legend that epitomizes the spirit of medieval times--the tale of King Arthur." Borrowed from video container.  This is a nicely layed out series with everything a teacher needs to teach it.  The problem is finding a computer to run the CD-Rom, being 14 years old.  Great for both teachers and students.

Modern Marvels, Battle Gear. Published by History Channel, distributed by New Video. (2005). DVD

"Take an in-depth tour of duty that explores the armor and weapons that have made a foot soldier's job possible throughout the ages.  From battle armor to bubble gum, you might be surprised by what soldiers have carried into battle."  Taken from jacket.  Another great video to use to introduce Medieval warfare.  Because it is fairly new, the kids will really be able to relate and enjoy.




Websites for Teachers...

Castle builder Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from
his is a great website which makes your students research castles because they need to build one with specific needs.  A teacher will need to facilitate first before letting the kids run wild.

Castle for sale, france, germany, netherlands, belgium Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from
What would entrigue the kids more than shopping for their very own castle. Venture through hundreds of real castles, some of which have 34 or more rooms.
See what some of the same rooms look like hundreds of years later.

YouTube - ?the worst jobs in history - the middle ages - part 1?? Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from
This website is highly interesting.  What better way to start a lesson on Medieval Times than to show disgusting jobs from that time.  Some are so gross, your kids may need to turn away.  They are great.

YouTube - ?medieval times knights battle (part 1)?? Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from


Watch a reinactment of a war in Medieval Times.  See how the archers line up and fire arrows at the soldiers as they attack.

The middle ages: Feudal life 
Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from

Show the kids what life was like during the Feudal Times.  There is a lot of information throughout this site so a teacher needs to sift through.


Websites for Kids
Have the kids look through the interesting facts on the following websites and share with the class.  I even learned something knew while reading through the information.

Facts on medieval knights Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from

Middle ages :: Interesting facts Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from

Middle ages facts: Fun/Interesting facts on the middle ages: All fun and games Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from

The middle ages for kids Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from

Middle ages for kids - kidipede - history for kids Retrieved 7/13/2011, 2011, from