Life in the Middle Ages
NOTE: This page is no longer updated after 3/20/19. Please log in to the EAHS Library Classroom for the most recent version.Having trouble "getting into character" for your diary? You might want to use this worksheet to help understand your character better!Character Biography WorksheetNaming your subject for a diary assignment:
Several of these sources will inform you on how to construct last names if your character needs one.If a long list of names appears and is underlined, click on the names to get more information!First names from known Medieval sources from 500 to 1600. Scholarly work, searchable, with citations. Be sure to make sure the name was one from the era you have chosen. Click on the name to learn more about its history and usage.This source provides citations for where the author got her information. She has a Ph.D. in Medieval history and is a historical re-enactor.This site is designed for members of the historical re-enactment community, to help them with authentic names based on primary and authoritative secondary sources. You may want to read the section on choosing names.Researching a typical day in the life of a medieval person:Cull a variety of resources for this section. Your diary depends on a good understanding of what the life of your subject was like.Use the books set aside in the library! Many of these are borrowed from other libraries. Please be courteous to other users and return them to the green cart when you are done.You can also go online to the Follett Destiny Collection on Medieval Medicine for books and nonprint resources.Check the indexes and tables of contents to make your search easier. Don't forget to document Author, Title, Editor, Publisher, Publisher city, and publication dates and page numbers in your notes!
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Search especially:ABC-CLIO :Click through to The Middle Ages.Select the appropriate subtopic for your research.Click to Medieval Europe, 500-1500 CESelect the correct time period for your character.CastleKnightAll Things MedievalArtifacts from Medieval EuropeArms and ArmorGlobal HistoryHistory in Dispute (Vol. 10, The Crusades)Technology of the Medieval and Early Modern WorldsWorld Monarchies and DynastiesNation and WorldCivilizations and SocietiesOR search a specific topic such as peasant, knight, lady, queen, etc.Go to Events, Periods, and Cultural TrendsSelect Middle AgesYou can browse articles here or refine your search further.Finding a representative picture:The History of Costume by Braun and SchneiderThis website is the text of a book.BrowseSelect a FolderSelect CostumeBy YearUnder Essays, select a thematic category and look for Medieval Art. This will narrow your search for essays. In the essay, you can learn more and then click on the link to view the companion artwork.Primary Sources: (First-hand accounts from people living in the medieval time period)This site puts together primary sources so you can see how medieval writing looked and sounded! You will also see texts that are not written in English or that is modern interpretations of the texts.Additional Web SitesArticles on a variety of topics, many published in journals.Some specifically on clothing (some illustrated, some not) can be found here.Childhood in Medieval EnglandCreating French Culture: Monarchs and Monasteries (Library of Congress and the Biblioteque Nationale de France)Finishing up:Now it is time to create your diary entries, based on your research. Use the information you have gathered to put together a diary entry that is creative and meets the requirements to demonstrate that you understand what a day-in-the-life of your medieval subject would be like.Attach your List of Works Consulted to your diary entry.