AQA GCSE History: Medieval England – the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307

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BB Medieval England - the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307

This option allows students to study Medieval England and the reign of Edward I in depth. The study will focus on the causative origins, timeframe and impact of these events during the reign of Edward considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural perspectives.

Students will study a wide variety of topics compiled into four modules, namely:

Part one: Government, the rights of King and people

Themes include:

  • Henry III’s legacy: the relationship between Edward and his father, Henry III; the problems faced on Edward I’s accession; relations with the nobility; Edward I’s character as a king.
  • Development of government, rights and justice: the Hundred Rolls; Robert Burnell; Statutes of Westminster; Statutes of Mortmain; ‘Quo Warranto’ Inquiries; parliaments; ‘The Model Parliament’ (1295).

Part two: Life in Medieval England

Themes include:

  • Trade, towns and villages: agriculture and the wool trade; royal finance and taxation; wool tax; Statute of Merchants; Italian bankers; re-coinage; expulsion of the Jews in 1290.
  • Education and learning: the medieval Church, universities, Roger Bacon, Duns Scotus.
  • The development of the legal system: laws; courts; trials; crimes; criminals and punishments; Statutes of Gloucester 1278 and Winchester 1285.

Part three: Edward I’s military campaigns in Wales and Scotland

Themes include:

  • Medieval warfare, tactics and technology: siege warfare, battlefield use of cavalry, infantry, weapons and armour.
  • The invasion and colonisation of Wales: Edward’s Welsh Wars in 1277 and 1282–1283; Statute of Rhuddlan; castle building; costs and consequences.
  • The relations with Scotland: ‘the Great Cause’; issue of Scottish succession, Balliol and Bruce; Scottish campaigns; William Wallace and the First War of Scottish Independence from 1297 to the death of Edward I; the reputation of Edward I as ‘Hammer of the Scots’.

Part four: Historic Environment

Themes include:

  • The location of the historic site was strategically advantageous.
  • The function of the historic site and how its structure helped with its function
  • The development and evolution fo the historic site 
  • The people connected with the site
  • How the design reflects the culture, values, fashions of the people at the time
  • How important events/developments from the depth study are connected to the site

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • AQA GCSE History Exam Booklets (2020 & 2021 Syllabus) (zip)
  • L1 Henry Iii S Political Legacy (pdf)
  • L1 Henry Iii S Political Legacy (docx)
  • L10 Falkirk (pptx)
  • L10 Falkirk Battle Map (pptx)
  • L10 Falkirk Battle Map (pdf)
  • L10 Falkirk Information (pdf)
  • L10 Falkirk Information (pptx)
  • L10 Falkirk Timeline Information (pptx)
  • L10 Falkirk Timeline Information (pdf)
  • L2 Edward I And His Inherited Problems (docx)
  • L2 Edward I And His Inherited Problems (pdf)
  • L2 King Edward Facebook (pdf)
  • L2 King Edward Facebook (ppt)
  • L3 Edward I And Government Changes (pdf)
  • L3 Edward I And Government Changes (docx)
  • L3 Edward I S Government (pptx)
  • L3 Edward I S Government Information Sheets (pptx)
  • L3 Edward I S Government Information Sheets (pdf)
  • L3 Persecution Of The Jews (pptx)
  • L4 Edwardian Recoinage (pdf)
  • L4 Edwardian Recoinage (docx)
  • L4 Horrible Histories A Businessman Uses A Medieval Toilet (mp4)
  • L4 Medieval Jobs (pdf)
  • L4 Medieval Jobs (docx)
  • L4 Medieval Life (pptx)
  • L4 Medieval Towns (docx)
  • L4 Medieval Towns (doc)
  • L4 Medieval Towns (pdf)
  • L4 Medieval Towns (pptx)
  • L4 Medieval Towns Image (pdf)
  • L4 Medieval Village Assessment Research (pdf)
  • L4 Medieval Village Assessment Research (doc)
  • L4 Statute Of Merchant Stick In (pdf)
  • L4 Statute Of Merchant Stick In (docx)
  • L4 The Importance Of The Wool Trade In Medieval Times (pdf)
  • L4 The Importance Of The Wool Trade In Medieval Times (docx)
  • L4 The Medieval University (mp4)
  • L4 The Ricciardi And Edward I (pdf)
  • L4 The Ricciardi And Edward I (docx)
  • L4 The Worst Jobs In History (mp4)
  • L4 Villeins (doc)
  • L4 Villeins (pdf)
  • L5 Feudal System And The Church (pptx)
  • L5 Medieval Church (pptx)
  • L5 Medieval Church (pdf)
  • L5 Medieval Church (doc)
  • L5 Medieval Church Information (pdf)
  • L5 Medieval Religion (pdf)
  • L5 Medieval Religion (doc)
  • L5 The Medieval University (mp4)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Categorisation Information (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Changing Definitions Of Crime Under William (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Changing Nature Of Law And Order In The Middle Ages Chart (docx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Changing Nature Of Law And Order In The Middle Ages Chart (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Changing Nature Of Law And Order In The Middle Ages Chart (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Circle Of Voices Group Information (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Circle Of Voices Group Information (docx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Did The Church Help Or Hinder Justice In The Later Middle Ages Chart (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Did The Church Help Or Hinder Justice In The Later Middle Ages Wall Information (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Did The Church Help Or Hinder Justice In The Later Middle Ages Wall Information (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Information Sheets (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Role Of The Church In Medieval Law 1 (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Role Of The Church In Medieval Law 2 (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Source Homeworks (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment Source Homeworks (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment William S Forest Laws (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment William S Forest Laws 1 (pptx)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment William S Forest Laws 1 (pdf)
  • L6 Medieval Crime And Punishment William S Forest Laws 2 (pptx)
  • L7 Change And Continuity Of Medieval Warfare (pptx)
  • L7 How To Lay Siege To A Castle The Fun Way (mp4)
  • L7 How To Wage Siege Warfare (pptx)
  • L7 Information Sheet (pptx)
  • L7 Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare (pptx)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare 2 (pptx)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Info Sheets (pptx)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Info Sheets (pdf)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Tactics (pptx)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Tactics And Strategies In Wales (docx)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Tactics And Strategies In Wales (pdf)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Wall Information (pdf)
  • L7 Medieval Warfare Wall Information (pptx)
  • L7 Medieval Women And Battles (pdf)
  • L7 Medieval Women And Battles (docx)
  • L7 Source Sheet (pdf)
  • L7 Source Sheet (pptx)
  • L8 Edward I And The Welsh Castles (docx)
  • L8 Edward I And The Welsh Castles (pdf)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales (pptx)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Chronology Task Sheet (pdf)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Chronology Task Sheet (docx)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Marketplace Information (pdf)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Marketplace Information (pptx)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Plenary Task (docx)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Plenary Task (pdf)
  • L8 Edward I And Wales Welsh National Anthem (mp4)
  • L8 Edward I And Welsh Castles (mp4)
  • L8 Edward I And Welsh Castles (pptx)
  • L8 Edward I The Welsh And The Scots History The Plantagenets (mp4)
  • L8 Edward S Castles 1 (docx)
  • L8 Edward S Castles 1 (pdf)
  • L8 Horrible Histories Owain Glyndw R Song Lyrics (mp4)
  • L8 The Conquest Of Wales By Edward I 1277-1283 (mp4)
  • L8 The Conquest Of Wales By Edward I 1277-1283 2 (mp4)
  • L8 Welsh Castles Cards (doc)
  • L8 Welsh Castles Cards (pdf)
  • L8 Why Did The English Build Castles In Wales (ppt)
  • L9 Edward I And Scotland (pptx)
  • L9 Scottish Timeline (docx)
  • L9 Scottish Timeline (pdf)
  • Lesson 5 Medieval Education (pptx)