International School History - European Schools - S4

S4 History Last update - 09 novembre 2017 Official European School History 4-5 Syllabus: English, French, German.
Unit 3 - Medieval warfare
Key Questions Lessons Additional resources and external links
What was a medieval castle? Worksheet (PDF) and stone keep castle diagram.


Top 100 castles in the world website.

Recent 2014 archaeological excavation of a motte and bailey castle in England.

Krak de Chevaliers castle in Syria under siege in 2014.


How were medieval castles defended? Worksheet (PDF) and  PowerPoint.

Outstanding video about medieval castles and the reconstruction of medieval trebuchets in a modern experiment to test castle defences.


How were medieval castles attacked? Worksheet (PDF) and  PowerPoint.

Really useful series of short video clips from Dan Snow's series Battle Castle.




Powerful video reconstructing a medieval siege from the feature film Kingdom of Heaven. How accurate is the film? See Alex von Tunzelmann's review.
The Treb Challenge. Excellent online game introduces the engineering and physics of trebuchet building. Crush the Castle game which tests your skill in attacking castles and in the advanced version also building them.
How were medieval castles built? What were they like to live in?


Video and worksheet (PDF) Complete version of the video
Who were the soldiers of medieval Europe? Worksheet (PDF) Terry Jones video on the medieval knight.

Video on how to attack a medieval knight. Entertaining look at weapons available to medieval infantrymen.


Case study: The Norman conquest of England - How did William of Normandy prepare for the invasion of England? Worksheet (PDF)

Khan Academy videos etc. on the Bayeux Tapestry

The full tapestry online and the Wikipedia entry.

Make your own virtual Bayeux Tapestry - great fun. And this version allows you to make your own jpeg images in the tapestry style.

The tapestry museum in Bayeux.
Videos about the Bayeux Tapestry and the Battle of Hastings

Video about William the Conqueror and and recent BBC series about the The Normans.

BBC Medieval Realms video on the Norman Conquest.


How did William of Normandy win at Hastings?


Worksheet (PDF) Videos about the Battle of Hastings
Video - Saul David explains why he thinks Harold lost the Battle of Hastings.
How was Harold killed: a source work activity Worksheet (PDF)

Harold's death in the Bayeux Tapestry - Short Time Team video.

Videos about the Battle of Hastings



Why did medieval people go on the Crusades? Worksheets: Parts 1, 2 and 3
Crash Course video on the Crusades

Beautiful High-Definition BBC documentary on medieval maps and what they reveal about medieval minds.

Video - Documentary history of the Crusades - The Crescent and the Cross.

Video - Terry Jones explains the motivation of those who went on Crusade.

Video - The Knights Templar

B Test 3

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Revision quiz

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