You Wouldn't Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon!: Prisoners You'd Rather Not Meet

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From the title and cover illustration of a scruffy man in wrist shackles with a menacing rat perched nose-to-nose with him, this book quickly attracts attention. It is a humorous yet informative explanation of the terrors of medieval prisons. The reader is placed as part of the text. You are a tough, battle-scarred soldier who has just returned home after fighting wars in far-away countries. The most promising career for the wounded soldier is to become a jailer. First, the other potential candidates for the job are listed along with their qualifications. There are many advantages to having this powerful position; therefore, the competition is stiff. Fortunately, there are many prisons in this time period so there are numerous jobs to be had. The types of prison are illustrated. Some are nothing more than spaces between two walls, others are small, bottle-shaped holes dug underground, and some are in towers. An assortment of criminal acts could put one in prison, ranging from murder to failure to bear a boy child. Good jailers make sure their prisons are as unappealing as possible. They make sure there are lots of bugs and filth in the cold, dank places to keep the prisoners suffering. Measures are taken to prevent escapes. Executions are common. While the topic seems quite dark, the author has incorporated humor into the explanations and cartoon-style illustrations to keep the reader from becoming too frightened. Handy Hints for the prospective jailer are included in small boxes on the page, and a glossary of terms follows the text. 2003, Franklin Watts,
— Carol Lynch <%ISBN%>053112312X
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531123126
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
A Career Change 6
Who Will You Work For? 8
Types of Prisons 10
Castle Life 12
Criminals, Traitors, and Outlaws 14
Bad Company 16
Innocent Victims 18
Dealing With Prisoners 20
Rats, Lice, and Fleas 22
The Soft Option 24
No Escape! 26
Freedom or Death 28
Glossary 30
Index 32
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