Reviews for Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed


Booklist Reviews 2004 January
Gr. 3-6. Galloway introduces medieval Europe from 1000 to 1500 not by recounting dates, wars, and rulers but by discussing the occupations available in the society. Ten thematic chapters cover categories such as "Bread and Butter Jobs," "Religious Jobs," "Castle Jobs," "Dirty Jobs," and "Law and Order Jobs." After discussing how society was organized and how life differed during the Middle Ages, she focuses on individual occupations in segments that range from one to three paragraphs. Options available to women are considered in the introduction and sometimes mentioned again within the descriptions of individual jobs. Sidebars broaden the treatment with information on specific issues. The jaunty, cartoonlike ink drawings, brightened with color washes, heighten the informal, upbeat tone of the informative text. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 January
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.

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VOYA Reviews 2004 February
Witty, charming, and packed with information, this enjoyable read is also a handy back-up reference for historical fiction about the Middle Ages and a complement to The Library of the Middle Ages series (Rosen, 2004). The introduction explains significant events and compares the period to the present in terms of population, daily life, and social structure. Organized by job groups, the ten chapters explain what life would have been like for a person in each level of society. "Bread and Butter Jobs" include peasants, housewives, and cordwainers (shoemakers). "Religious Jobs" range from parsons to the pope. "Dirty Jobs" include the literal dirt diggers, such as the gong farmers who cleaned cesspits, as well as the sometimes morally corrupt dirt diggers such as witch hunters. "Law and Order Jobs" even describes the "Enforcer of Laws Against Rich Clothes," who makes sure that no one dresses better than his or her class At first glance, the cartoons indicate a younger audience, but they clearly enhance Galloway's humorous, contemporary approach. Suggested Web sites direct the reader to pictures of flying buttresses and the Bayeux Tapestry. Castle-shaped sidebars add entertaining facts and stories related to many of the jobs. Although most appropriate for middle and junior high students, this source will teach readers of any age much about Medieval culture.-Lucy Schall $14.95 Trade pb. ISBN 1-55037-810-4. Index. Illus. Further Reading. Chronology. 5Q 3P M J Copyright 2004 Voya Reviews.

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