Seal-die of an English baron

For the classroom

The seal-die of Robert Fitzwalter


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Impression of the seal-die


The original seal-die (left) next to an example of the positive impression (right) - an actual seal created from the object.

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Medieval steel sword


A full length medieval steel sword; German or English, AD 1250 – 1330. Some believe that its intriguing inscription may represent the first letter of each word of a prayer.

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Gilt spur


A gilt (gold-covered) spur, the sign of knighthood; English, AD 1340 – 90.

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Stone figure of a knight


Stone figure of a knight showing arms and armour; English, late 1300s or early 1400s AD

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Painting of medieval courtly love from the British Library

Source: bl.uk

Visit the site http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item107724.html

British Library timeline

Source: bl.uk

A British Library timeline with fine images and information about a rich range of sources from the AD 1200s.

Visit the site http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/timeline/accessvers/1200s/index.html

General guide for teachers


A general guide for teachers using the British Library’s timeline.

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Activity: students take the role of King John

Source: thinkinghistory.co.uk

A decision making activity from Thinkinghistory in which students take the role of King John. All supporting documents and Powerpoint resources are free to download.

Visit the site http://thinkinghistory.co.uk/ActivityBase/KingJohnDecisionMakingGame.html

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Places that have copies of Magna Carta or are associated with the events of 1215

Source: magnacarta800th.com

Visit the site http://magnacarta800th.com/tourist-information/magna-carta-locations/

Runnymede, where King John and the barons reached the agreement that led to Magna Carta

Source: nationaltrust.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede/

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Source: royalarmouries.org

Visit the site http://www.royalarmouries.org/learning/leeds-education

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site www.britishmuseum.org

Seal-die of an English baron