High Middle Ages Europe PDF


This unit is about the history of Europe from about AD 1000 to 1400. It includes the feudal system, Crusades, and the Black Death. It is for families to learn together with ages 6 to 18.


High Middle Ages Europe is the fifth unit in the Middle Ages History course. This unit includes the population explosion, the feudal system, Crusades religious wars, and the Black Death that led to sharp population decline.

This book is for adult mentors to use as a resource when planning lessons, not a textbook for students.

This unit has sections on:

  • Feudal System
  • Crusades
  • Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe

Layers of Learning is activity-based and this unit guide includes many hands-on ways to learn about the High Middle Ages. Here are a few things you will find to do inside this unit:

  • Build a cardboard box castle as you learn about the feudal system, kings, knights, and nobles
  • Make your own armor
  • Color a map of medieval trades routes and fairs
  • Play a “Crusaders & Kings” printable board game about the Crusades
  • Re-enact the Siege of Rhodes with wooden peg people Knights Hospitallers you paint yourself
  • Color a horse buckle artifact that shows the founding of Hungary
  • Craft a Lithuanian castle
  • Paint your own beautiful Venetian glass
  • Celebrate Christmas at Burgundy
  • And much more!

Layers of Learning History units include Library Lists of books on the topic, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess your student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.

See Inside

This is a view of a two page spread from High Middle Ages Europe:

High Middle Ages inside view

In the sample view above you can see Explorations, which are one day’s lesson. The “Me, the Crusader” exploration has a fun, hands-on activity for kids to do to pair with learning from books or videos about the time period and the Crusaders. This exploration has a yellow and a green smiley indicating that we think it is best for kids from ages 6 to 9 and ages 10 to 13.

This unit, like all of Layers of Learning is pick-and-choose so the mentor can decide which Explorations to choose from among many options.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

High Middle Ages Europe is also part of the overall Middle Ages History course, the second Year of the four year Layers of Learning History cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the history of the world from ancient times through the 21st century. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

High Middle Ages Printable Pack

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Middle Ages History Resources page.


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