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How an astrolabe brought Jews, Arabs and Christians together (audio)
How an astrolabe brought Jews, Arabs and Christians together (audio)

Duration: 13:00

The story of religious co-existence and advances in science in 14th century Spain, told through an extraordinary object.

 
How important was education to medieval peasants?
How important was education to medieval peasants?

Duration: 01:58

Rural communities in the 1400s valued education and wanted young people to make the most of their academic talents. Michael Wood shows a letter written in 1447 putting a child forward for education.

 
Mansa Musa of Mali – The richest man ever
Mansa Musa of Mali – The richest man ever

Duration: 04:15

Andrew Marr tells the story of Mansa Musa's pilgrimage to Cairo.

 
Medieval pilgrimage
Medieval pilgrimage

Duration: 02:19

The reasons why people went on pilgrimage and what happened at the pilgrimage sites.

 
Poll Tax
Poll Tax

Duration: 02:11

Evidence of the resilience of medieval peasant society in England. Archives of Edward III's Poll Tax of 1327 show how a community recovers after a devastating famine.

 
Psalter Map, 1260
Psalter Map, 1260

Duration: 01:51

An insight into the beliefs and spatial importance of the medieval church and how it saw the (known) world in the 13th century.

 
The Hereford Mappa Mundi c.1300
The Hereford Mappa Mundi c.1300

Duration: 04:00

An exploration of what medieval man believed and held sacred in the 14th century through the detail of Hereford's Mappa Mundi – cloth of the world – and what was also speculated.

 
The Normans: Motte and Bailey Castles
The Normans: Motte and Bailey Castles

Duration: 01:40

An introduction to how and why the Normans constructed the first Motte and Bailey castles.

 
Uncovering the inside of a Medieval church
Uncovering the inside of a Medieval church

Duration: 02:08

The original interior of a medieval church may have been uncovered.

 
Were pilgrimages only about getting to Heaven?
Were pilgrimages only about getting to Heaven?

Duration: 01:22

An animation to show the shrine of Thomas Becket and the attitudes of some medieval pilgrims to their travels.

 
What is a Rath?
What is a Rath?

Duration: 01:59

A description of a medieval rath, which was a circular settlements with steep banks and ditches surrounding it.

 
What sort of people lived in a medieval rural community?
What sort of people lived in a medieval rural community?

Duration: 02:19

The names and roles of the people of medieval Kibworth recorded on a medieval parchment are brought to life by the current residents of the village.

 
What was farming like in medieval England?
What was farming like in medieval England?

Duration: 02:35

Michael Wood investigates the landscape of Kibworth to reveal what rural life might have been like in medieval England.

 

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