I taught history and geography at the secondary level in both the UK and the US for twelve years. I am interested in providing quality resources in British, Asian, and Modern European History.

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This is a source activity, in which students are encouraged to consider various descriptions of medieval towns and decide what life in those places was like.
The pdf includes a handout to be given to students which has extracts from both medieval and modern sources, which can be used to decide whether medieval towns were unhygienic places, or not. I always used to enjoy having the students read the sources out loud because some of them are surprising.
This is followed by a suggested set of questions in which the students are asked to engage critically with the source extracts.
The work in compiling these sources and writing the questions is my own. Clearly, the medieval sources are in the public domain, although I claim fair use for any copyrights in translations and in extracting from the modern sources.

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