Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed
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Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed

by Priscilla Galloway, Martha Newbigging
     
 

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This book allows us to explore a popular fantasy. If we could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what would we want to be? A knight in shining armor? A princess in a silken gown? Most people’s lives were far less glamorous but just as fascinating. Barbers cut off beards ... and sickly limbs; gong farmers cleaned out latrines ... and sorted through the

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This book allows us to explore a popular fantasy. If we could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what would we want to be? A knight in shining armor? A princess in a silken gown? Most people’s lives were far less glamorous but just as fascinating. Barbers cut off beards ... and sickly limbs; gong farmers cleaned out latrines ... and sorted through the excrement for dropped buttons or pennies. This fascinating and original guide presents 100 careers, described with historical accuracy and the author’s renowned wit! Sidebars expound on intriguing elements of medieval life, including the Bayeux Tapestry, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, medieval cosmetics, and torture techniques! The art provides the reader with further opportunities to have fun and learn.

Editorial Reviews

Virginian-Pilot
Packed with fascinating detail... this book is a real eye-opener that kids will love.

— Krys Stefansky

Victoria Times Colonist
One to dip into again and again for a chuckle or a revelation.

— Alison Chadsey

Chicago Tribune
An anything-but-dull look at that time period... filled with cool cartoon-style illustrations and interesting sidebars.

— Marcia Borucki

Booklist / RBB
The jaunty, cartoonlike ink drawings, brightened with color washes, heighten the informal, upbeat tone of the informative text.

— Carolyn Phelan

BC Parent
Brings the middle ages to life... accurate information presented with humor and wit.

— Elizabeth Shaffer

Virginian-Pilot - Krys Stefansky
Packed with fascinating detail... this book is a real eye-opener that kids will love.
Victoria Times Colonist - Alison Chadsey
One to dip into again and again for a chuckle or a revelation.
Chicago Tribune - Marcia Borucki
An anything-but-dull look at that time period... filled with cool cartoon-style illustrations and interesting sidebars.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Not only an enjoyable read but also a useful reference book with many potential applications for role-playing, creative writing, and other research projects.
BC Parent - Elizabeth Shaffer
Brings the middle ages to life... accurate information presented with humor and wit.
Booklist / RBB - Carolyn Phelan
The jaunty, cartoonlike ink drawings, brightened with color washes, heighten the informal, upbeat tone of the informative text.
Canadian Materials - Ian Stewart
Priscilla Galloway and her illustrator, Martha Newbigging, have done an exceptional job with this book. Galloway's text combines wit with scholarship, and Newbigging's many whimsical, colored illustrations complement the text. Medieval life has often been seen as nasty, brutish, and short, slightly mixed with lashings of overdone Arthurian chivalry. However, Galloway quickly dispenses with this one-dimensional point of view, bringing us instead a picture of a well-organized and diverse social system, which at times, however, seems virtually incomprehensible to the modern mind. Highly Recommended.
VOYA
Witty, charming, and packed with information, this enjoyable read is also a handy back-up reference for historical fiction about the Middle Ages and a complement to The Library of the Middle Ages series (Rosen, 2004). The introduction explains significant events and compares the period to the present in terms of population, daily life, and social structure. Organized by job groups, the ten chapters explain what life would have been like for a person in each level of society. "Bread and Butter Jobs" include peasants, housewives, and cordwainers (shoemakers). "Religious Jobs" range from parsons to the pope. "Dirty Jobs" include the literal dirt diggers, such as the gong farmers who cleaned cesspits, as well as the sometimes morally corrupt dirt diggers such as witch hunters. "Law and Order Jobs" even describes the "Enforcer of Laws Against Rich Clothes," who makes sure that no one dresses better than his or her class. At first glance, the cartoons indicate a younger audience, but they clearly enhance Galloway's humorous, contemporary approach. Suggested Web sites direct the reader to pictures of flying buttresses and the Bayeux Tapestry. Castle-shaped sidebars add entertaining facts and stories related to many of the jobs. Although most appropriate for middle and junior high students, this source will teach readers of any age much about Medieval culture. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Firefly, 96p.; Index. Illus. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB and Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Lucy Schall
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-After presenting a time line and a few comments on how people lived in the Middle Ages, Galloway introduces readers to 100 occupations, many of which were unique to the period. One chapter is dedicated to castle jobs, while others delve into the roles of the clergy, law and order, "dirty" jobs, and so on. Clear, chatty language and short descriptions along with lots of white space, large type, and cartoon illustrations make this an appealing book. Castle-shaped sidebars provide additional information. Attention is paid to female counterparts of what were mostly male endeavors. (For example, a woman brewer was called a brewster and a female spinner was a spinster. And while noblewomen often made good websters, most weavers were men.) A terrific supplement to Middles Ages units.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550378108
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2003
Series:
Jobs in History Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,159,782
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Priscilla Galloway has held many careers herself, such as garbage collector, cucumber farmer, scuba diver, professor, and writer. She has written over 20 books, including The Courtesan's Daughter, Truly Grimm Tales, which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Too Young to Fight, which won the Bologna Ragazzi Award for YA non-fiction, and the Tales of Ancient Lands series.

Martha Newbigging is a graphic designer, film animator, web designer, and children's book illustrator. She is currently at work on an animated film.

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