Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From A Medieval Village

by Laura Amy Schlitz
Illustrator Robert Byrd

Candlewick Press | December 23, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 10.25 × 7.43 × 0.3 in

Published: December 23, 2008

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763643327

ISBN - 13: 9780763643324

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From A Medieval Village

by Laura Amy Schlitz
Illustrator Robert Byrd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 10.25 × 7.43 × 0.3 in

Published: December 23, 2008

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763643327

ISBN - 13: 9780763643324

About the Book

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating 22 unforgettable characters. Inspired by an illuminated poem from 13th-century Germany, this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England. Full color.

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NELLY THE SNIGGLER I was born lucky. Nay, not born lucky, as you shall hear - but lucky soon after and ever after. My father and mother were starving poor, and dreaded another mouth to feed. When my father saw I was a girl-child, he took me up to drown in a bucket of water. But here''s the lucky part - and ''tis pure sooth. I didn''t drown, babe though I was. I took hold with my wee fingers and held to the side of the bucket (1). And my mother wept, and my father''s heart went soft, and he could no more drown me than himself-and they named me Nelly, for Queen Eleanor (2). And their luck changed. First my uncle died of the scurvy and we got his pigs. Then the nuns at the abbey hired us to catch eels - and we''ve been sniggling ever since (3). Do you see these eels? Fresher than the day they were born - and fat as priests. I know where their burrows are, and I know what they like for bait. And as for frogs - I''ve been catching frogs since I was two years old; there''s not a frog in Christendom jumps fast enough to get away from me - and I can swim as fast as any boy - and better than Drogo, the tanner! Do you know Drogo, the tanner''s apprentice? I can''t point him out to you, because he''d see me. He''s always staring at me. Many''s the time I''ve seen him peel off his hose to show me his legs - as if every frog I''ve ever put into a pie didn''t have better legs than his! We had a brawl last summer. I said ''twas the fault of the tanners that the river stank, and he said ''tw
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Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

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.

About the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of THE HERO SCHLIEMANN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY and A DROWNED MAIDEN''S HAIR. She wrote the pieces in GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! for students at the Park School in Baltimore, where she works as a librarian. She has also worked as a storyteller, a costumer, an actress, and a playwright; her plays for young people have been produced in theaters all over the country. Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Baltimore.

Robert Byrd teaches children’s book illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the author-illustrator of many books, including LEONARDO: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER; FINN MACCOUL AND HIS FEARLESS WIFE; and THE HERO AND THE MINOTAUR. He also illustrated Laura Amy Schlitz’s first book for children, THE HERO SCHLIEMANN, about the life of a nineteenth-century amateur archaeologist. Robert Byrd lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 2008 Newbery Medal

"Brilliant in every way." – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A vivid, convincing portrait of medieval adolescence." – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

"Bolstered by lively asides and unobtrusive notes, and illuminated by Byrd''s stunningly atmospheric watercolors, [the monologues] bring to life a prototypical English village in 1255." – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Schlitz gives teachers a refreshing option for enhancing the study of the European Middle Ages: here are seventeen monologues and two dialogues that collectively create a portrait of life on an English manor in 1255." – The Horn Book
 

Appropriate for ages: 10

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