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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

CRITICS HAVE SAID

  • This unusually fine collection of related monologues and dialogues promises to be a rewarding choice for performance or for reading aloud in the classroom.
    Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
  • Unusual words (“fraints” are boar droppings) and diverse topics such as religious pilgrimages, the Crusades, crop rotation, and falconry are glossed in welcome, often humorous asides and notes, while Robert Byrd’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations gloriously illuminate a microcosm of medieval life.
    Lisa Von Drasek, The Barnes & Noble Review
  • But young readers are also likely to find it engaging, affecting and occasionally giggle-worthy – Schlitz is a talented storyteller. Her language is forceful, and learning slips in on the sly.
    The New York Times, John Schwartz
  • Double-page spreads called “A little background” offer lively information about falconry, The Crusades, pilgrimages and the like. Byrd’s watercolor-and-ink pictures add lovely texture and evoke medieval illustration without aping it. Brilliant in every way.
    Kirkus Reviews

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