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A journey to Medieval CanterburyA Journey to
Medieval Canterbury

Andy Harmsworth and Canterbury Archaeological Trust

ISBN 9781870545129

This lively book will take you on a journey back in time, telling a story created from a wealth of surviving buildings, artefacts and documentary sources. It begins with a taste of Anglo-Saxon life preceding the arrival of Duke William of Normandy in 1066. You then witness the impact on the city made by the Norman Conquest and how Canterbury was transformed into a thriving commerical centre during the Middle Ages or Medieval period. Exactly where your journey through Medieval Canterbury ends is not too certain as you will see…

Clearly presented text and numerous quality illustrations and photographs combine to make this a valuable resource and essential companion to Roman Canterbury, by the same authors.

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Something for everyone!

A Journey to Medieval Canterbury has been written primarily for young readers (11 to 14 year olds). It also appeals to interested adults looking for a reliable introduction to the subject, without being too academic.

Teachers

This will be a valuable resource for your teaching programmes, in particular at Key Stage 2 supporting Local History studies and Key Stage 3, Medieval Realms.

See also Roman Canterbury, a journey into the past and others…

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With A Journey to Medieval Canterbury you will discover:

HOW WE KNOW ABOUT MEDIEVAL CANTERBURY
• Historians and Archaeologists
• Sources: Standing buildings, archaeological remains, documents

WHAT CANTERBURY WAS LIKE BEFORE THE NORMAN CONQUEST
• Summary, c. AD 400–AD 1066
• Illustrated description of the town on the eve of the Norman Conquest

HOW THE NORMANS CHANGED CANTERBURY
• Arrival of William in 1066
• Changes 1066–1100: Castles, cathedral, monastic and church building, Feudal System, Norman landholders and churchmen, Domesday Book

HOW BECKET’S MURDER AFFECTED CANTERBURY
• Sources for Becket’s murder
• Consequences – shrine, pilgrims etc

WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE IN MEDIEVAL CANTERBURY
• Broadly 13th century, ie. pre-Black Death
• Annotated reconstruction drawing of 13th century Canterbury
• Introductory text and 6 themes giving an overall socio-economic picture:
• Pilgrims
• Craftspeople, Shopkeepers and Traders
• Walls, Streets and Homes
• Priests, Nuns, Monks and Friars
• Goldsmiths and Moneyers
• Bailiffs, Aldermen, Mayors and Guilds

EVIDENCE FOR THE END OF MEDIEVAL CANTERBURY
• Mid 14th to early 15th centuries
• The Black Death and its impact
• New Defences – the Westgate and City Walls
• The Peasants’ Revolt
• Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
• Decline of Pilgrim Trade
• Dissolution of the Monasteries
• Destruction of Becket’s Shrine.

A MURKY MEDIEVAL MYSTERY
• Problem solving activity for children based on the discovery of a wonderful cess pit!

THE LEGACY OF MEDIEVAL CANTERBURY
• What we have inherited from the people of Medieval Canterbury

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MEDIEVAL CANTERBURY
• Further resources and places to visit.


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