VOYADesigned to meet middle school curriculum standards, each of the twelve volumes in this useful set is authored by a different person. Well-chosen photos with informative captions accompany the four or five chapters in each book. Damsels Not in Distress includes fascinating details even as it demonstrates the range and complexity of medieval life. Peasant and noble women make appearances, and in thoughtful, economical prose, Hopkins contrasts the differences between the freedom and power accorded to Norse and Anglo-Saxon women and the lack of power women had in later medieval societies. Nuns, businesswomen, craftswomen, servants, famous queens, and writers, along with women unheard of, all find places here. In Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, readers can explore the events that led to the Crusades, as well as what life was like for Europeans living in Jerusalem. Saladin himself gets a chapter of biography before Hancock turns to the events of 1187, when Saladin's forces recaptured Jerusalem. This balanced treatment is well illustrated with fascinating photos and images from medieval Muslim manuscripts. All books in this series are well researched and enticingly written. The first five titles in the rest of the set indicate how much emphasis is given to conflicts between Christians and Muslims: Crusader Castles; Richard the Lionhearted and the Third Crusade; The First Crusade; Islamic Weapons, Warfare, and Armies; and Jerusalem Under Muslim Rule in the Eleventh Century. The remaining entries turn back to Western Europe, with good details about the daily lives of all classes of society: Castles and Cathedrals; Medieval Clothing andCostumes; Medieval Feasts and Banquets; Tournaments and Jousts; and Medieval Weapons and Warfare. (The Library of the Middle Ages). VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2004, Rosen, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to 14.