Life During Medieval Times

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Kaitlin Connors
According to the foreword of each volume, the Living History series aims to make primary sources and first-person accounts of distant historical events and time periods accessible to young readers. The series’ titles offer a snapshot of important figures as well as socially and economically significant people, school systems, government, and more. Each book begins with an illustrated timeline of major events before delving into condensed chapters, covering mountains of information with the highlights appearing in a few brief pages. At times the writing is dry and the language is lofty, making these books potentially difficult of lower-level readers. The quality of the content is high, as is the reading level. The titles do not contain a glossary, though “Words in Context” appear every few pages, but the defined words do not include many unfamiliar terms. As the series intends to capture first-person accounts, most topics, from housing to entertainment, include an “In Their Own Words” segment which includes an excerpt from journals, diaries, magazines, and more from each time period. The source notes and further research sections are fairly comprehensive and offer a mix of books and websites, making finding additional materials simple. (Living History) Reviewer: Kaitlin Connors; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—These volumes focus on the everyday lives of a variety of people, including different social and economic classes, women, children, and slaves and servants. The books describe how people were housed, where they worked, what they ate, and how they worshipped and learned. All are well written in clear, informative prose that draws on well-documented primary sources, which are quoted in the text and excerpted in sidebars. The titles are objective about the negative and positive parts of each culture. The average-quality maps, period reproductions, and photographs add little to the texts. More focused on ordinary people than the books in Lucent's "The Way People Live" series, these titles will promote deeper understanding of societies and groups that, for better or worse, influenced world history. Solid choices for secondary collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601525680
  • Publisher: Referencepoint Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Series: ReferencePoint Living History Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,477,766
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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