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Mentone Girls' Grammar School | Kerferd Library

Medieval Europe: Overview

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

Source: The Battle of Aljubarrota, featured in the Chronique d'Angleterre. (D'Wavrin, J, 1479).

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.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

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

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings
  • Students will come to understand the concepts of continuity and change as they relate to the European Middle Ages.
  • They will understand the continuities involved in the fuedal system and the impact of major events and developments such as the crusades and the rise of cities.
Essential Questions
  • How did societies change from the end of the ancient world to the beginning of the modern era?
  • How were societies in medieval Europe organised?
  • How and why did societies in medieval Europe change?
  • What developments influenced life in medieval Europe?

Medieval Europe | Overview: Keywords

Medieval Europe | Overview: Articles

Level 1Articles

Medieval Europe | Overview: eBooks

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Medieval Europe | Overview: Online resources

Level 1 resourceWeb sites

Medieval Europe | Overview: Videos

Level 2 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view these videos on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.

"Historians are shocked to discover that it was quite common for men to fight women in armed combat during the middle ages."(National Geographic, 2011)


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In text reference / citation: National Geographic (2011) or (National Geographic, 2011)
Bibliography / Reference list: National Geographic (2011). Battle of the Sexes | Medieval Fight Book, [eVideo]. Retrieved from

Set in 1350, this medieval drama unfolds through a number of village characters telling their stories of life in the middle ages. We meet the baker, the herbalist, the landless labourer, the medicus and the Lord of the manor" (ClickView, 2015)


When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: ClickView, (2015) or (ClickView, 2015)
Bibliography / Reference list: ClickView, (2015). Life In Medieval Europe, [eVideo]. Retrieved from

Medieval Europe (c.590 – c.1500) | Curriculum Alignment and Metadata

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes. Click on the links to explore more.

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