Agora 2017-1 The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages | Agora vol. 52 no. 1 (2017)

The Middle Ages

Agora vol. 52 no. 1 (2017)

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Editorial Alan Tiller

President's Introduction Ashley Wood

Original research

A Medieval Mystery in Modern Ballarat
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?

Reflections on the theme

Charles the Great, or Just Plain Charles: Was Charlemagne a Great Medieval Leader?
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

This 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?

Teaching ideas

The Crusades – Differentiated Activities
Shivaun Plozza

These 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
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.

New Equipment for the History Teacher
P. Gilbert

In order to celebrate fifty years of Agora (1967–2017), we have reprinted the following article from Agora vol. 2, no. 3 (October 1968, 38–41), which highlights some of the ‘new’ technologies available to history teachers in 1968. Have students compare them with digital tools they use in class today.


Journeys Into Night
by Don Charlwood
Reviewed by Angela Sassone

Vesuvian Sigillata at Pompeii
by Jaye McKenzie-Clark
Reviewed by Rachel Towns, St John’s Regional College

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