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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Voices from a Medieval Village

author: Laura Amy Schlitz
illustrator: Robert Byrd

Maidens, monks, and millersí sons -- in these pages, readers will meet them all. Thereís Hugo, the lordís nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasantís daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. Thereís 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.

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.
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$6.99 / $8.00
0763689874 /  9780763689872
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Fiction - Illustrated Middle-grade / EBook
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
96 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Historical; People & Places; Performing Arts; Drama; Stories In Verse (see Also Poetry);
author’s comments:
Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery MedalĖwinning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Splendors and Glooms, and several other books for young readers. A teacher as well as a writer, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland.
illustrator’s comments:
Robert Byrd teaches childrenís 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 Schlitzís first book for children, The Hero Schliemann, about the life of a nineteenth-century amateur archaeologist. Robert Byrd lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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