Medieval game counter

For the classroom

The tableman from the Isle of Wight


Download this picture

© Carisbrooke Castle Museum

A tableman showing a game of tables in progress

Source: collections.vam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O166711/tableman-unknown/

A medieval manuscript showing the game of tables being played

Source: upload.wikimedia.org

Visit the site http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/66/Wurfzabel.jpg/1280px-Wurfzabel.jpg

Other examples of tablemen

Source: collections.vam.ac.uk

Collections search for the Victoria and Albert Museum: use the search term ‘tableman’ to find other examples.

Visit the site http://collections.vam.ac.uk/

Large selection of Lewis chess pieces


Download this picture

Silver coin of Stephen with his wife Matilda


Download this picture

Norman Castles

Source: bbc.co.uk

Download this document http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/normans/includes/activities/pdfs/a_castle_eye_spy.pdf

BBC Class Clip about Dover Castle (to 1:20)

Source: bbc.co.uk

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/who-were-the-normans/12912.html

BBC Bitesize resource on everyday life in the middle ages

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/middle_ages/everyday_life_middle_ages/revision/1/

BBC Bitesize resource on the Feudal System and Domesday Book

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/middle_ages/feudal_system_domesday_book/revision/1/

Norman and Plantagenet family tree

Source: britroyals.com

Visit the site http://www.britroyals.com/normans.htm

Video about Stephen and Matilda

Source: youtube.com

See this video on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW3aDDuPhwY

Rivalry of Stephen and Matilda

Source: bbc.co.uk

A Horrible Histories version of the rivalry of Stephen and Matilda

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/clips/p01c6fqr

A lego version of Samson and the gates of Gaza

Source: youtube.com

See this video on youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGuuVQ4NQ3w

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Source: carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk

Visit the site http://carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk/

There are numerous Norman castles across the United Kingdom

Source: english-heritage.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/castles/

Places to visit associated with Stephen and Matilda

Source: historyextra.com

Visit the site http://www.historyextra.com/feature/stephen-and-matilda-where-history-happened

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

Medieval game counter