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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village Hardcover – July 24, 2007
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Maybe once a month a parent will walk up to my reference desk and ask me where they can find a nice selection of plays for children. Usually I'll direct them to Plays the periodical or wave them towards the 800s, but by and large there's not a lot of quality drama material for kids out there. Nothing that would give them all some great parts, that is. Schlitz acknowledges this fact right from the start in her book. Says the Foreward, "It really isn't possible to write a play with seventeen equally important characters in it.Read more ›
Twenty-three different young villagers introduce themselves to readers through monologues and dialogues. With well-researched details of life in a medieval village, each young person relates to one or more of the other characters until an intriguing whole, highly original book emerges. Ready to be performed, these voices themselves unite into a masterful performance.
Schlitz wrote this for students at a private school in Baltimore, where she's a librarian and historian. When she offered to write a play that truly depicted life in the Middle Ages, nobody wanted a minor part. She created 21 scenes, all but two of them for a single actor, and most of them in verse. As the characters speak, they offer an unflinching view of their poverty, their superstitions and prejudices and the limited scope of their ambitions.
And, like any kids, they're brightly optimistic, cheerful in their adversity, and full of imagination and daring.
We meet the Lord of the Manor's nephew, who risks his life in a boar hunt; a glassblower's apprentice determined to get it right; a shepherdess struggling to save her "sister" sheep, and many other charming, disarming and (mostly) guileless kids struggling to figure out their place in the local pecking order and how to bridge those awkward years until adulthood.
Even with so many disparate voices, there are no discordant notes. Village life emerges with its rhythms, its simplicity, and narrative threads that weave all the characters into a cohesive whole.Read more ›
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This is an amazing presentation. It certainly makes me wish I had a classroom of kids so that we could do this as a project. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Welton
It's very different, but a good read , very educational, gives you an insight as to what it was like living in those times!Published 5 months ago by Ann Jacques
Nice introduction to children of life in Medieval times, from characters of that time period. I love this book.Published 7 months ago by FloridaSun
Thanks to this book, I can read difficult contents in easy way..Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great resource for my classroom . . . I love the format. It gives students a chance to be performers.Published 11 months ago by AlanB
It was really good. Usually books that are mainly poetry suck pretty bad. I liked this o n e alotPublished 12 months ago by grace
Great fictional narratives to allow my sixth grade students to understand what life was like for the less noble people of the middle ages.Published 14 months ago by k
I love this book almost as much as my kids . . . maybe more! My kids (ages 6 - 9) and I have been reading it together. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Corn Farmer