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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
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Author Laura Amy Schlitz
Language English
Published July 24, 2007 Candlewick Press
Media type Print (Hardcover, paperback)
Pages 96
Awards Newbery Medal
ISBN 0-7636-1578-1
OCLC 53178700
LC Class PS3619.C43 C55 2007

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village is a 2007 children's book written by Laura Amy Schlitz. The book was awarded the 2008 Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature.


Instead of the typical narrative structure, the book is constructed of a series of monologues, each spoken by a young member of a medieval village. Each character has a monologue with the exceptions of Petronella and Jacob, and Mariot and Maud, who have dialogues. The book was originally written to be performed by fifth-grade students at the Park School of Baltimore, where Schlitz is a librarian. It contains nineteen monologues and two dialogues, with the characters ranging from a runaway boy to the lord's daughter.

Monologues/Dialogues (in order of appearance)

  • Hugo, the Lord's nephew
  • Taggot, the blacksmith's daughter
  • Will, the plowboy
  • Alice, the shepherdess
  • Thomas, the doctor's son
  • Constance, the pilgrim
  • Mogg, the villein's daughter
  • Otho, the miller's son
  • Jack, the half-wit
  • Simon, the knight's son
  • Edgar, the falconer's son
  • Isobel, the Lord's daughter
  • Barbary, the mud slinger
  • Jacob Ben Salomon, the moneylender's son and Petronella, the merchant's daughter
  • Lowdy, the varlet's child
  • Pask, the runaway
  • Piers, the glassblower's apprentice
  • Mariot and Maud, the glassblower's daughters
  • Nelly, the sniggler
  • Drogo, the tanner's apprentice
  • Giles, the beggar
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