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by Robert Hull

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Isaacs
This entry in the "Medieval Lives" series follows an imaginary and unnamed 14th century English shopkeeper's boy who starts off as a peddler, becomes a wool merchant and finally a wealthy manufacturer of cloth, owner of several shops and landlord. A brief introduction, similar to that of others in the series, explains that merchants as a class grew up from the 13th century onward outside the original feudal hierarchy. The author then describes the merchant's early life—birth, childhood, schooling and marriage—before going on to his career, noting the hazards he avoided and good works he did, and, finally, to his death. As is customary in the series, each double-page spread covers a separate topic, and includes a medieval fact box and a quotation from the times. Illustrations are mostly reproductions of medieval paintings and manuscripts, with the institutional source, but not the title or provenance, provided in picture credits on the verso. The dates of the illustrations and quotations are not always clear. The definition of "medieval" here includes material and information from the 12th to the 16th century and all over Europe; readers may find the variety of styles and settings confusing. Some English usage ("first floor," "tenement") may also have to be explained. A glossary, suggested websites, timeline and index plus a page listing contents for each title in the 6-book series make this particularly useful in classrooms where this time period is taught. Reviewer: Kathleen Isaacs

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Black Rabbit Books
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Medieval Lives Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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