Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

Amazingly well written monologues that put you in Medieval England to see it as a young teen. Really makes you appreciate modern society.

Written for her students who were studying Medieval England, she writes:

It really isn’t possible to write a play with seventeen equally important characters in it. If you read Shakespeare, you’ll notice that he never managed it — there are always a few characters that have little to say or do. So I decided to write seventeen short plays—monologues—instead of one long one, so that for three minutes at least, every child could be a star.

Book Info

Good Maters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763643327
ISBN-13: 978-0763643324
Started: 02/13/2011
Finished: 02/13/2011
Source: Library
Reason: 2008 Newbery Medal Winner
Format: Hardback
Map: Medieval England

Publisher Synopsis
Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

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

Author Info
Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of THE HERO SCHLIEMANN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY and A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR. She wrote the pieces in GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! for students at the Park School in Baltimore, where she works as a librarian. She has also worked as a storyteller, a costumer, an actress, and a playwright; her plays for young people have been produced in theaters all over the country. Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Baltimore.

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