With the defeat of the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings, this session allows students to investigate how prominent events of the time are reflected in the development of Windsor Castle from an earth and timber fortress, to its role as magnificent seat of government during the reign of medieval kings such as Henry II and Edward III. We explore the reasons for the Castle's construction and choice of site and also imagine the Castle under siege in 1216, following the signing of the Magna Carta. Handling of replica medieval costume and armour and a mission for the students to investigate Windsor's formidable defences and hill-top site bring the period alive.
For teachers delivering the subject through event-based teaching and, for those focusing on specific themes through the period, we highlight changes in medieval society and the role of castles in the middle ages.
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