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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.
Gr 4-6-After presenting a time line and a few comments on how people lived in the Middle Ages, Galloway introduces readers to 100 occupations, many of which were unique to the period. One chapter is dedicated to castle jobs, while others delve into the roles of the clergy, law and order, "dirty" jobs, and so on. Clear, chatty language and short descriptions along with lots of white space, large type, and cartoon illustrations make this an appealing book. Castle-shaped sidebars provide additional information. Attention is paid to female counterparts of what were mostly male endeavors. (For example, a woman brewer was called a brewster and a female spinner was a spinster. And while noblewomen often made good websters, most weavers were men.) A terrific supplement to Middles Ages units.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
An enjoyable read... a useful reference book with many potential applications for role-playing, creative writing, and other research projects. Clear, chatty language... an appealing book... A terrific supplement to Middle Ages units.--Anne Chapman"School Library Journal" (01/01/2004) The jaunty, cartoonlike ink drawings, brightened with color washes, heighten the informal, upbeat tone of the informative text.--Carolyn Phelan"Booklist / RBB" (01/01/2004) Brings the middle ages to life... accurate information presented with humor and wit.--Elizabeth Shaffer"BC Parent" (01/01/2004) Clear, chatty language and short descriptions along with lots of white space, large type, and cartoon illustrations make this an appealing book... A terrific supplement to Middle Ages units.--Anne Chapman"School Library Journal" (01/01/2004) Not only an enjoyable read but also a useful reference book with many potential applications for role-playing, creative writing, and other research projects. Packed with fascinating detail... this book is a real eye-opener that kids will love.--Krys Stefansky"Virginian-Pilot" (01/13/2004) One to dip into again and again for a chuckle or a revelation.--Alison Chadsey"Victoria Times Colonist" (01/18/2004) An anything-but-dull look at that time period... filled with cool cartoon-style illustrations and interesting sidebars.--Marcia Borucki"Chicago Tribune" (09/30/2003) Witty, charming and packed with information... enjoyable read... will teach readers of any age much about Medieval culture.--Lucy Schall"VOYA" (02/01/2004) Priscilla Galloway and her illustrator, Martha Newbigging, have done an exceptional job with this book. Galloway's text combines wit with scholarship, and Newbigging's many whimsical, colored illustrations complement the text. Medieval life has often been seen as nasty, brutish, and short, slightly mixed with lashings of overdone Arthurian chivalry. However, Galloway quickly dispenses with this one-dimensional point of view, bringing us instead a picture of a well-organized and diverse social system, which at times, however, seems virtually incomprehensible to the modern mind. Highly Recommended.--Ian Stewart"Canadian Materials" (10/31/2003)