Were the Middle Ages Lawless and Violent? KS3 or KS4 History Lesson
This 60-minute lesson investigates how far the middle ages were lawless and violent using primary sources. The class also examines a case about the mediaeval justice system to decide if someone should be punished for the death of a villager. Students then explore the types of punishments used during the period. Students will consolidate their understanding by planning a history documentary (plan template available). The lesson concludes with the class discussing which source is more useful to historians investigating if the Middle Ages were lawless and violent. The sources and guidance are all included in the presentation.

Keywords: trial by ordeal, trial by hot iron, consecration, hue and cry, tithing, utility.
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Created: Mar 4, 2017

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