Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Voices From A Medieval Village

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Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters. Winner of the Newbery Medal.

Maidens, monks, and millers' sons -- in these pages, readers will meet them all. There's Hugo, the lord's nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant's daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There's also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by Robert Byrd -- inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany -- this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763615789
Branch Call Number: j 812.6 SCHLITZ
Characteristics: 85 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Byrd, Robert


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Lovestoread5 Jul 13, 2018

I was prepared to not like this book, but found it pleasantly surprising indeed. It was insightful into the lives of village folks and how they interact with one another, through suffering and kindnesses shown to some. It was a good, quick read.

martha_w May 19, 2015

I approached this with a fair amount of trepidation -- monologues about a medieval village for kids? Really? -- but ended up liking it quite a bit. I still think it probably won the Newbery just because the committee that year wanted to pick something unusual, but this was actually quite entertaining -- it paints a vivid portrait of life in the Middle Ages in a very small number of pages, and uses footnotes to convey historical background without getting too bogged down in details. Surprisingly enjoyable. (And educational!)

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Oct 19, 2011

This is one of the most creative and original books I’ve read in a long time. A series of monologues written for young students, this book uses inventive language and character insight to provide a bigger picture of life in the Middle Ages. What stands out is Schlitz’s unwavering commitment to presenting the brutal reality of the time period: the high infant mortality rate, the constant threat of plague or crop ruin, and, most importantly, the daily struggle to survive under the pressures of agro-economic manorialism. While much of this would fly over childrens’ heads, many parents will be moved by the elegance of Schlitz’ presentation of these historical discrepancies. Highly recommended for all readers.


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