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Barons, knights and empresses: Why was the monarchs’ authority challenged in the medieval period?

This enquiry really encourages students to get into the minds of medieval characters. It encourages then to become familiar with different people from the past, who have sometimes been overlooked.

Barons, knights and empresses often played quite significant roles in shaping the direction of medieval power. But we don’t always focus on them.

Here each student assumes the character of one individual, and then they mingle with other characters by means of a ‘meeting’ activity.

Empowered with specific knowledge about the ways in which the king’s authority was challenged in the period, students categorise factors as a means of reaching sophisticated conclusions.

This enquiry fits in to the Medieval Power unit and helps your students gain this substantive knowledge. You can test this knowledge here.


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