Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From a Medieval Village
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.
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Schlitz, Laura Amy (2007). Good masters! Sweet ladies: voices from a
medieval village. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Grade: 4-8 (GR: n/a)
Rating: BComments: This was the 2008 Newbery winner and is a collection of monologues for children. I had never read anything like it and I found it interesting. I couldn’t get a good “flow” in my reading however, because each one is a distinct play for one actor and it felt a little disjointed for me.
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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
Laura Amy Schlitz
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