Archers, Alchemists And 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed by Priscilla Galloway
  

Synopsis

Archers, Alchemists And 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed by Priscilla Galloway

Today we expect to choose the kind of career we will have, but it wasn't like that in the Middle Ages. Whatever work you got, you were stuck with...You could have been a barber: and chopped off people's hair and their sickly limbs! Perhaps you were a rich nobleman? Then you could have hired illuminators to painstakingly decorate your books with gold and silver. Or maybe you have been stuck as a gong farmer, looking for dropped pennies in medieval latrines! This entertaining book first provides and overview of medieval society and then focuses on 100 different job opportunities and drudgeries: - What Happened When?A Timeline. - How many people lived there? - How was life different then? - Everybody in their place. - Oath of homage & fealty. - Women in the Middle Ages. - Never an idle moment. - Choosing a medieval career. - Bread & Butter jobs. - Religious jobs. - Castle jobs. - Sit-down jobs. - Life & Death jobs. - Artistic jobs. - Law & Order jobs. - Wonder Workers' jobs. - Dirty jobs. - Travelling jobs. A fun book, packed with over 100 lively colour illustrations.

Reviews

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)

About the Author

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.

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Paperback
96 pages

Author

Priscilla Galloway
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Publication date

22nd September 2005

ISBN

9781550378108


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