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Children's LiteratureAfter a short introduction to the medieval period, the authors examine the various roles played by peasant women. From there, they describe skilled workers and business owners, as well as professional women, who lived in towns and cities. In the sidebars, the authors provide detailed examples from primary sources and biographical sketches of notable women of this time. The writing itself is cogent and engaging. Young girls can certainly benefit from knowing that women were not only onlookers, but played very important roles in history. All of the women mentioned were from medieval Europe, giving the impression that this was the only part of the world in existence at that time. The title would, therefore, be more accurate if it were, "Women of the European Middle Ages." This book is one in the "Women in History" series. 2003, The Gale Group/Lucent Books, Ages 10 to 14.
— Kathy Egner, Ph.D.