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Articles and Discussions on Teaching about the Middle Ages

Note: The most recent additions are at the top

Added September 2018

ETMH Project: Sitting on Cats

Helping students recognise that people in the Middle Ages were as real as us.

An introduction to the resources I am writing to help students have that ‘I’ve just sat on the cat’ moment!

See the article HERE …


Added August 2018

ETMH Project: A Sense of Direction

A concise summary of the aims and agenda of the ETMH project – and a couple of caveats!

See the article HERE …


Assumptions that strangle students’ understanding of the Middle Ages 

An exploration of the assumptions which undermine students’ capacity to study the Middle Ages effectively and why challenging these assumptions is so important.

See the article HERE …



A monthly selection of resources, books and research on the medieval world. Some were created for classroom use but most have been chosen to help increase teachers’ confidence in teaching about the Middle Ages – and some just because I enjoyed them.

See the material HERE …


The Wars of the Roses
An introductory annotated reading list

These suggestions are aimed at teachers new to The Wars of the Roses at A level, not those who’ve studied the period in detail or taught it for years.

See the reading list HERE …


Added January 2018

Suggestions for Introductory Reading on the Middle Ages

A list of suggestions for new teachers with little background knowledge of the period. It’s divided into a short starter pack, a second layer of suggestions and finally some of my own favourites.

See the reading list HERE


Understanding Migration in the Middle Ages

An extended version of Martin Spafford's article on migration from Exploring and Teaching Medieval History (see below)

Read it HERE …


Exploring and Teaching Medieval History
The Publication

The two contents pages for Exploring and Teaching Medieval History including the material which is only available on-line HERE …

The publication is available open access on the HA website.

It can be downloaded HERE …


Exploring and Teaching Medieval History
A Subjective Introduction

This is my subjective introduction to ETMH in which I’ve tried to explain how this publication came about and why I chose the overall approach and the individual topics for the articles

Read it HERE …

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Exploring & Teaching Medieval History

Download it from the HA website HERE …

And see the contents pages HERE …