History KS3: The medieval world

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn go beyond the castle walls to explore wider medieval life, including travel, trade and pilgrimage.

Trade increased the variety of goods available to people, while travel had far-reaching effects on architecture.

This clip is from the BBC Two series, Secrets of the Castle.

Teacher Notes

This video could be used as a stimulus for further research into medieval life.

Pupils could research and write a pilgrimage diary, reflecting what a pilgrim might have seen.

Examples might include traded goods, markets, cathedrals, villages and castles.

Curriculum Notes

This series is suitable for teaching history at Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Secrets of the Castle:

Building a medieval castle
Inside a medieval castle
Medieval daily life
Medieval trades and skills
Medieval warfare