We don’t mean to brag – well, we kind of do actually – but we’re pretty well known for having fierce Science topics (we’ve got over 250 now!). But did you know we work constantly to get new topics on the site, every single week, in every subject area?
In History alone this year we’ve added Maya Civilisation, Aztec Civilisation, Inca Civilisation, Sumerians and Homer to name just a few! And they all slot nicely into our four main History categories:
- Ancient – the history of major civilisations
- Evidence – sources from the past
- Famous People – inspirational people that changed the world forever
- Modern – find out about UK, European and World History
But, for the History fan, what’s coming up in the next few months?
Feudalism – If you like knights in shining armour, kings, queens, lords, ladies (and plagues) you’ll love this topic! Discover how the Roman Empire broke apart into small, independent kingdoms, and how rulers kept their territories strong by giving land to loyal supporters. Learn about the privileges granted to rich medieval lords, as well as the hardships faced by poor serfs, who performed backbreaking labor for very little reward. Finally, find out what happened to end the feudal system, and how Europe took its first tentative steps toward modernity.
About 90% of the medieval population was completely uneducated – it’s amazing how a few hundred years can change things isn’t it?
Middle Ages – Life in Europe was pretty tough after the Roman Empire fell. Trade and commerce collapsed, travel was dangerous, and the educational system was so poor that kings couldn’t even write their own names! Nevertheless, the Middle Ages saw the rise of great military and political leaders, as well as amazing artistic, poetic, and architectural achievements. In this forthcoming movie you’ll hear about Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, learn about the feudal system, and find out why tens of thousands of men fought in the Crusades.
So put on your armour, mount your trusty steed, and joust along with this movie!
The Black Death – Tim and Moby take you back to 1347 and introduce you to the horrible pandemic that was the Black Death. Discover how many people died and why people may have been so susceptible to it. You’ll also learn about some of the consequences of the resulting mass death, including how the Black Plague contributed to the social changes of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
Thank goodness for modern medicine!
Vikings - These vicious raiders from the frozen North would attack without warning, loot monasteries and villages, and slaughter anyone who got in their way but if you thought that Viking life was all about violence and plunder, think again. In this forthcoming movie, Tim and Moby explain that these Scandinavian warriors were actually quite civilised, with an advanced legal code, brilliantly-engineered ships, and an unusual respect for women’s rights.
And did you know Vikings arrived in North America more than 500 years before Columbus? Pretty cool!
British Empire - Why do more than 1 billion people around the world speak English, drive on the left side of the road, and understand the rules of cricket? Tim and Moby answer that question as they embark on a 400-year adventure through the history of the British Empire.
Now, grab a cup of tea, stiffen that upper lip, sit back and enjoy! Rule Britannia!
Keep an eye on our New Movies page to find out the latest additions to the site.
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