Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved Or Loathed

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A fascinating guide to strange-but-true jobs.

If you could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what do you think you would be? A bold knight? A Princess? A Cardinal? In reality, most people did jobs we can barely imagine today. Barbers cut off beards...and sickly limbs; illuminators painstakingly decorated books with gold and silver for their rich lords; gong farmers cleaned out latrines and sorted through the excrement for dropped treasure, like pennies or buttons!

This fascinating and original guide presents 100 careers, described with historical accuracy and the author's renowned wit. Sidebars expound on intriguing elements of medieval life, including the Bayeux Tapestry, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, medieval cosmetics, and torture techniques! This book is richly detailed with humorous illustrations that invite exploration and discovery.

Key Features

  • Unique look at life in the Middle Ages
  • Introduction, timeline, additional resources provide added value

 

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doesnt have info bout a stable keeper and i needed it

Contents

Introduction
6
What Happened When?
7
How Many People Lived There?
10
How Was Life Different Then?
11
Everybody in Their Place
12
Oath of Homagr and Fealty
15
Women in the Middle Ages
16
Never an Idle Moment
17
Castle Jobs
40
Wonder Workers Jobs
54
Life and Death Jobs
60
SitDown Jobs
66
Artistic Jobs
72
Dirty Jobs
78
Law and Order Jobs
2
Traveling Jobs

Choosing a Medieval career
19
Bread and Butter Jobs
20
Religious Jobs
33

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About the author (2003)

Priscilla Galloway has held many careers herself, such as garbage collector, cucumber farmer, scuba diver, professor, and writer. She has written over 20 books, including The Courtesan's Daughter, Truly Grimm Tales, which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Too Young to Fight, which won the Bologna Ragazzi Award for YA non-fiction, and the Tales of Ancient Lands series.

Martha Newbigging is a graphic designer, film animator, web designer, and children's book illustrator. She is currently at work on an animated film.

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