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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    A Creative Approach

    A series of short, realistic stories directly from fictional children of the Middle Ages, this book illuminates what day to day life must have been like for a wide range of social classes. Some are stories that stand alone; others intersect with each other, which is fun. They are told in a variety of styles, and all are written so that modern children can read them aloud. If I were still teaching middle school social studies (or language arts) I would difinitely be using this book.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Good Book! Neat Read!

    The book was so intriguing I had a hard time putting it down. The stories the children told in the book put me right into medieval times. The pictures enhanced the images in my mind that were brought to life by the many monologues of the characters. I do think that the book would be excellent for enticing children in learning about the historical era in a way that gives them perspectives from the points of views of children their own ages. I found the side information added by the author to be useful at times, but slightly distracting The side notes could produce excellent topics for research. Overall the book is very enjoyable and educational.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    Positively Medieval!

    This is a wonderful collection of short plays set in the Middle Ages. The characters range from the rich to the poor, the miserable to the content, the naughty to the nice. <BR/><BR/>Each of the 23 characters, between the ages of 10 and 15, has a few pages of monologue where they tell their own personal story of what it is like to live in a medieval English village. The author gives notes of explanation in the margins making it easy to learn, understand, and enjoy the historical content. And the color illustrations help bring each character to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Is that all there is?

    It was interesting to learn the history of the time, and tells of the daily challenges and traumas - sometimes too much information. Beautiful type and illustrations and great concept for teaching history. I expected more, a finale perhaps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    Living History: Medieval Make-Believe--in living color

    Laura Schlitz has brought the Middle Ages to life--fleas and all!--so entertainingly that children won't even realize how much they are learning. She has created fully realized characters who talk about their lives--movingly, amusingly, frequently both--in beautiful language. These monologues and dialogues are easy and fun for children to read and perform. There are also short, informative and entertaining essays on aspects of medieval life, including falconry, Judaism, and the Crusades. Robert Byrd's lively illustrations add to the enchantment.

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