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Medieval Europe: Black death

Year 8 History: Europe and the Mediterranean world | Medieval Europe (c.590 – c.1500) ACDSEH008 | VCHHK116, VCHHK117, VCHHK118, VCHHK119, VCHHK1120

Source: Blessed Bernard Tolomei Interceding for the Cessation of the Plague in Siena. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2020).


Level 1Traditionally the Middle Ages is seen as the period in Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in 476, and the fall of Constantinople in the east in 1453, together with the discovery of the Americas by Europeans in 1492, and the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings

How the Black Death fits into the broad patterns of change over the period from the Ancient to the Modern World.

Question sources and realise that they can vary in their accuracy, usefulness and reliability.

Realise that people in the past often held very different perspectives from modern humans.

Understand different historical interpretations and contested debates about the Black Death.

Identify and explain how the spread of the Black Death disrupted the pattern of continuity in medieval society and introduced sudden change to their way of life.

Understand the causes and effects of The Black Death.

Understand how the spread of the Black Death had its causal roots in the spread of trade and contact with other societies and peoples.

Essential Questions

How was society organised at the time of the Black Death?

What was the Black Death and how did it spread?

What were the effects of the Black Death?

Black Death | Introduction

Level 1The Black Death was a great epidemic known as that spread across Europe between 1347 and 1351. It killed many people and had a big impact on medieval society.

Black Death | eBooks

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Black Death | Articles

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Black Death Interactive Map

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Level 1    Follow the story line to see how the Black Death spread across Europe and the impact it had on society.
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