Three Research Options on the Medieval World

Research Options and Links

Download assignment sheet: The Life of Peasants

Download assignment sheet: The Norman Conquest

Download assignment sheet: The Hundred Years War

How to set out the primary source question | A breakdown of each question below

The Life of Peasants

Primary Sources:

Dialogue between Master and Disciple, c.1000 | The Crede of Piers the Ploughman | Luttrell Psalter, British Library | Digital version of the Luttrell Psalter | Sample picture with a description from the Luttrell Psalter

The Norman Conquest


Primary Sources:

William of Poitiers 1 | William of Poitiers 2 | Orderic Vitalis 1Orderic Vitalis 2 | Anglo-Saxon Chronicle | Several varied primary sources | William I’s final confession

Hundred Years War

Primary Sources:

Online Froissart | Froissart on the Battle of Crécy | Froissart on the Battle of Poitiers | The Trials of Joan of Arc | Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet, Battle of Agincourt, 1415


Primary Search

A primary source about history is any source created at the time being studied. It could be a building, an art work, a poem, a story, a flag or even a mummy! Here are some examples:


A tablet from the first writers, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, who created CUNEIFORM…

This is believed to have happened in about 3300BC.



A stone axe from the Old Stone Age, showing the skills of the early tool-makers…

The first tools were made about 2 million years ago.



 Eurekaflag public domain

The flag from the Eureka battle in Ballarat in 1854.



War medals of Australian soldiers from WWI – photo taken by John Bayley.


A fossil from the Bathurst Museum – photo taken by John Bayley.


Ancient Aboriginal rock art from Kakadu National Park – photo taken by John Bayley.

See what primary sources you can find on the internet by looking at the sites below. For each item you find, save it to your hard drive and then paste it into a text box on a WORD page. Try to fit 4–6 text boxes on the page. You could use a table as I have above if you think you know how. Add a heading, “Primary Sources”, to your page and a brief description of each artefact you have found.



When you have finished this page, email it to me at and I’ll print it out for you.


If you have time after this, write a comment in which you nominate a primary source that could be used to study your life when you become famous and people want to write your biography.


With kind regards,

Ros/ Ms Green.