Agora (2017/Issue 1) – The Middle Ages

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about medieval Europe together with articles on black slavery and a free educational resource related to the Maralinga atomic tests.

Please note that full-colour, print copies of Agora are also available by annual subscription.


About this item






Editorial | Alan Tiller
President’s Introduction | Ashley Wood

A Medieval Mystery in Modern Ballarat | Dr David Waldron
Why does the 1870s bluestone work under Bridge Street in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat feature the masons’ marks common to medieval British architecture, which had been obsolete since the seventeenth century?

Charles the Great, or Just Plain Charles: Was Charlemagne a Great Medieval Leader? | Dr Elizabeth Freeman
Charlemagne literally means ‘Charles the Great,’ but what exactly did greatness mean in the early medieval European context?

The Rocky Road To and From Runnymede: The Making of Magna Carta | Andrew A. Pyrcz
Magna Carta – the most influential constitutional document to have originated from medieval England – was conceived in the midst of ongoing crisis and rebellion.

Key Civilisations of the Medieval World | Xavier Rizos and Annabel Astbury
The following extract is reproduced from HTAV Publishing’s text Human Odyssey: From the Ancient to the Modern World. Used with permission.

Speaking for History: Tracing the Historical Debate Surrounding the Origins of Black Slavery in Virginia | Cam Wilson
When investigating a historical controversy, establishing the facts is just the beginning

‘Gifted’ is Not a Dirty Word | Myra Karantzas
Why is it important to identify gifted and talented students and cater for their needs?

The Crusades – Differentiated Activities | Shivaun Plozza
The following activities are reproduced from HTAV Publishing’s Medieval Europe: Differentiated Activity Book (2015).

A Sweet Introduction to the Medieval Feudal System | Penelope Valk
A practical lesson teaching the key concepts of the medieval feudal system in a class role-play.

Reflecting on Learning – An All-Abilities Reflection Tool | Kara Taylor
Instead of using the stock-standard question-and-answer sheet or exit slip, students were asked to draw their responses to a reflection question that addressed multiple themes at the end of this Year 8 medieval history unit.

Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb – Maralinga and Australian Art | Dr Jo Clyne
A free educational resource for Years 9–12 based on the Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition, which commemorates the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s, allows students to explore issues such as land rights, civil rights, environmental disasters, the Cold War and the arms race