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Tower of London – William the Conqueror

By |2017-07-31T10:36:04+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

White Tower of the Tower of London (built in the 1060s AD) After William conquered England in 1066 AD, he needed a castle to live in when he was in London. He needed a castle that would protect London from invaders. But it had to also be a castle that would protect him, William, from angry English people. They [...]

Conciergerie – Paris, France

By |2017-07-30T18:14:23+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Conciergerie: the king's castle in Paris (parts of it from the 1300 AD) The Conciergerie was the castle where the kings and queens of France lived when they were in Paris. Originally this was the Roman fort, where the Roman commander of Paris lived. The Roman general Julian was acclaimed emperor here in 361 AD. This Roman fort lasted for more [...]

Castle at Caen – William the Conqueror

By |2017-07-29T23:57:26+00:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Outer walls of Caen castle, Normandy, France This is the castle that William the Conqueror built before he left to conquer England, to defend his own territory in Normandy, in France. William built this castle around 1050 AD. That's about the same time as he built the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbaye aux Dames. The [...]

Byzantine Greek history – Greece in the Middle Ages

By |2018-04-23T07:08:14+00:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Byzantine Greece Byzantine Greece: Interior of Hagia Sophia After the collapse of the western part of the Roman Empire around 400 AD, the Romans continued to rule Greece , but now from their new capital at Constantinople. The Romans weren't as strong as they had been before, so there were a lot of [...]

Hellenistic and Roman government in Greece

By |2018-04-22T22:55:19+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Hellenistic government: Philip of Macedon In the 300s BC, Philip of Macedon conquered Greece. He ruled all of Greece as the king. (In theory Philip was only leading a league of Greek city-states, the first among equals. But really he acted like a king). Athens and other Greek city-states still kept their local democracies or oligarchies for local [...]

Design a medieval castle – Medieval Europe projects

By |2017-06-11T10:18:33+00:00June 11th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Castle of Vincennes, Paris (1300s AD) In the Middle Ages, many people lived inside castles like this one. You can study pictures of different kinds of medieval castles, and the excellent book on castles by David Macaulay (called Castle), and then try designing and building your own model castle (as a group). Check [...]