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The Kids Rule! Guide to Medieval Monasteries

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to Medieval Monasteries, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

Young Members Sam and Emily meet St Aelred

INTERVIEW WITH A MEDIEVAL MONK

We sent young Members Emily and Sam to Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire to interview its most famous monk, St Aelred.

Watch the video to find out what life was like as a monk in the 12th century, what monks ate and how they managed to communicate even when they weren't allowed to talk! 

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Two children reading Kids Rule! magazine

The Kids Rule! Guide to medieval monasteries

Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in medieval monasteries, discover what monks ate for dinner and find out how to make your own parchment to write on.

This is the fifth in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our medieval monastery themed activities

  • COLOUR YOUR OWN medieval monastery

    Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our medieval monastery history timeline poster!  Read through the introduction to life in a monastery, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.

  • DESIGN YOUR OWN ILLUMINATED INITIALS

    Find out what an illumination is, and how the beautiful letters that feature in the manuscripts created by medieval monks and nuns were created.  Then, follow our instructions to design your own illuminated initials!

  • PLAY A GAME OF SNAKES AND ABBOTS

    Can you make it to the top of the board? Find out if you've got what it takes to get the top job with this historical version of Snakes & Ladders! If you land on a ladder, follow it up to the space above. But if you land on a snake, follow it down. Download a game board, spinner and 3D players to play.

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

MEDIEVAL MONASTERY POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a medieval monastery.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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