Wish you could live in a castle? Be careful what you wish for. Find out why medieval castles were definitely not palaces.
Children's Literature - Danielle WilliamsCastles are among the most fascinating structures in the world. Their history, their size, and the lore behind them make them intriguing to children and adults alike. But living in castles in the medieval era was not as romantic as people would like to believe. While castles did provide protection for noble families and common folk living in the area, castles were also large and drafty and targets for bandits and opposing armies alike. Whiting provides a very basic description of castles, beginning with why they were built and how they were defended. Some of the more fascinating features of castles and castle life are included, including how and what was eaten and what castle bathrooms were like. Full color illustrations add additional detail, and brief facts are included throughout the text. At the end of the text is a fascinating activity that puts children in the position of determining what needs to be done to ensure the safety of a castle under siege. The text is part of the "First Facts: Middle Ages" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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