Children's LiteratureA rather short book that is jam packed with information, this volume would make a useful addition to any library's collection. Groves begins with a short introduction to the Middle Ages, providing a time period and general description of the types of people who lived during the period. A short time line is provided for reference. The author explains the limited social levels that existed during the time and what each rank wore, how they acted, and what their responsibilities were. Detailed information follows, explaining what each group's rights and responsibilities were. Along with the information about Europe during the Middle Ages, the author also presents, in separate text boxes, information about Jewish weddings, Japanese Samurai, Muslim eating habits, and a few other non-European Middle Age cultures. The role of youth, women, knights, and monks are outlined, as well as information on manners, wedding customs, and harvest time. The illustrations are made to resemble Medieval art and painting techniques and are themselves a great source of information. This very approachable and easily used volume is a great place to begin research or satisfy curiosity. This book is part of the "Medieval World" series. 2006, Crabtree Publishing, and Ages 10 to 14.
Sharon Oliver <%ISBN%>077871389X