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Book of Centuries

"Though "The Book of Centuries" as such has only been part of the P.U.S. programme since 1915, its earlier form of a "Museum Note Book" dates back to 1906. The late Mrs. Epps advocated in her "British Museum for Children" the keeping of a note-book, each page representing a century, in which one could draw sketches of objects in the Museums, and write notes of the principal events."  The Book of Centuries by G. M. Berna, 1923 Vol. XXXIV, p 720-724

Getting Started

You will need

  1. a 3-ring binder
  2. Tabs for time periods (4 - Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern)
  3. Lined notebook paper to keep a time line list
  4. Printed BOC pages (Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern) or Plain Pages (with room for illustration and lines for summary)
  5. Illustrations, clip art or time line figures
  6. Short written summaries

It is a good idea to update your BOC regularly so I would suggest to schedule it for a lesson period each week. If you are keeping a vertical time line, then you can refer back to it and choose an event or person listed on your sheet to add to your BOC.

You can add to your BOC two ways:

  1. Create an entry on your vertical list only. This includes the date, the event (usually a few words to describe the event), and or a person's name (they key person or people/group)
  2. Create a BOC page to illustrate or elaborate about a specific event.

Time Line for Middle Ages

Book of Centuries - Middle Ages


  1. Roman Empire Falls – 476 A.D.
  2. First Roman Cathedrals built – 1000 A.D.
  3. First Crusade begins – 1096 A.D.
  4. Marco Polo begins his journey to Asia – 1271A.D.
  5. Most of Europe is divided into large estates or kingdoms – 800 A.D.
  6. Charlemagne is crowned Emperor – 800 A.D.
  7. Magna Carta is signed by King John of England – 1215 A.D.
  8. The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) hits Europe
  9. The first organized churches in England were formed – 598 A.D.
  10. The Children’s Crusades – 1212 A.D.
  11. Gutenberg invents the printing press – 1444 A.D.
  12. Beowulf was written down in Old English – 700 A.D.
  13. St. Francis of Assissi – 1224 A.D.
  14. “Robin Hood” (Richard Fitzooth) lived – 1220 A.D.
  15. Richard the Lionheart ruled England – 1189-1199 A.D.
  16. Joan of Arc found guilty and executed – 1431 A.D.
  17. Leonardo Da Vinci painted “The Last Supper” – 1482 A.D.
  18. Lorenzo de Medici – 1449-1492 A.D.

 How you choose to add to your BOC is up to you -- be creative and have fun! There is no right or wrong way to keep a Book of Centuries.



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