A creative historical fiction book that takes readers on a journey into the lives of a variety of characters living in a village during medieval 1255. The author breaks down the book into a sequence of vignettes, each presenting different storylines with a historical background and tidbits of information pertaining to that time period and to that specific little play. The readers are given the chance to explore life as it was for people from all walks of life; beggars, peasants, royals, doctors. There is also really cool background information enlightening the audience with facts that tie the stories together.
Schlitz, L.A. (2007). Good masters, sweet ladies. Boston, MA. CandlewickPress.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! is a cleverly written historical fiction book composed of different short stories, enough to keep young readers interested and turning the pages, and short enough to offer great historical facts while still being entertaining. The stories shed light on how life was lived in medieval times, the issues faced in that era, the lifestyle of those wealthy and poor, and offers insight on the customs, practices, and religious aspects pertaining to that century. The book allows for a variety of readers and personalities to appreciate the stories because each is written with different plots, characters, and a different writing style; this creative version of story telling allows the author to present historical facts and events without having to write one long story weaving them in coherently. Each story is quick and to the point, skillfully detailed to visualize the setting, without unnecessary fluff that most readers tend to dislike. Additionally, the author provides background information after several stories to better equip readers with a further understanding about different elements of the story that are foreign to modern era. The book’s monologues, dialogues, and factual accounts give the audience a sense of humanity, readers can identify with the characters’ feelings of sadness, hope, dismay, and fear; there is a voice behind every story told, a human being just like you and me.