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Middle Ages - Cross sections- Castles


Biesty, Stephen. Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle. DK, 1994.

ISBN: 1564584674 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - The Midwife's Apprentice


Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice.HarperTrophy, 1996.

ISBN: 006440630X (paperback)
ISBN: 0395692296 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - Castle


Gravett, Christopher. Castles (Eyewitness Books). Knopf, 1994.

ISBN: 0679860002 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - Castle


Macaulay, David. Castle. Houghton, 1982.

ISBN: 0395329205 (paperback)
ISBN: 0395257840 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - Medieval Knights


Nicolle, David. Medieval Knights (See-Through History Series). Viking Childrens Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0670874639 (hardcover)



middle Ages - Favorite Medieval Tales


Osborn, Mary Pope. Favorite Medieval Tales. Scholastic, 1998.

ISBN: 0590600427 (hardcover)




Middle Ages - Excalibur


Talbott, Hudson. Excalibur (Books of Wonder: Tales of King Arthur). Morrow, 1996.

ISBN: 0688133800 (hardcover)



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Middle Ages - King's Shadow


Alder, Elizabeth. The King’s Shadow. Bantam Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0440220114 (paperback)
ISBN: 0374341826 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Sold as a slave to the wife of Harold, Earl of Wessex, young Evyn, who is mute, learns his letters from a monk, earns his freedom with his loyalty, and then serves as Harold's squire. Alder's skillful characterization of Evyn distinguishes the historical novel, which portrays the events leading up to Harold's being crowned king of England and his subsequent defeat at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - A Medieval Feast


Aliki. A Medieval Feast . HarperCollins, 1983.

ISBN: 0064460509 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606032517 (hardcover)


Describes the preparation and celebration of a medieval feast held at an English manor house entertaining royal guests.


Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno’s Medieval World. Putnam, 1980. (Out of print)

Discusses how medieval people viewed the world before it was widely understood and accepted that the world is round and rotates around the sun.


Baines, Francesca. Castles (Worldwise). Franklin Watts, 1997.

ISBN: 0531152677 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531143341 (hardcover)

The table of contents in this easily accessible text includes the medieval castle, its construction, eating and drinking, the personlalities within the castle, and the castle under siege.


Middle Ages - Duke and the Peasant


Beckett, Sister Wendy. The Duke and the Peasant: Life in the Middle Ages (Adventures in Art Series). International Book Import Service, 1997.

ISBN: 3791318136 (hardcover)


From Booklist

"This book...introduces a work of art (and a way of life) that children probably won't learn much about in elementary school--namely, the 12 calendar paintings in the duc de Berry's Book of Hours. Each right-hand page presents a full-page reproduction of one of the paintings. Left-hand pages contain the name of the corresponding month, a miniature of the painting, complete with a zodiac sign, and a detail from the artwork. The conversational text, which occasionally challenges kids to think about or answer questions, concentrates on the activities taking place in the work and points out special details as well as the contrast between the lives of the wealthy and the peasantry. Stephanie Zvirin-Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved


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Middle Ages - Cross sections- Castles


Biesty, Stephen. Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle. DK, 1994.

ISBN: 1564584674 (hardcover)


From Booklist

The collaborators on previous titles in Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections series, for example, Man-of-War (1993), deliver yet another treasure. This time they cut away eight-foot-thick stone walls to peer inside a fourteenth-century European castle. Platt's succinct notes and labels elaborate on medieval customs, identifying the intricate details of Biesty's pen-and-ink drawings. Each double-page spread focuses on a different aspect of the castle, including its construction, the trades practiced within it, its defenses, and such period entertainments as jousts and feasts--even such lurid aspects of the times as pressing, drawing and quartering, bearbaiting, and cockfighting receive the same graphic attention to detail. The duo's trademark humor is evident throughout, and this time they incorporate a "Where's Waldo?" type of game: a spy steals into the castle and can be detected sneaking about the premises before making his escape. Not only is the book guaranteed to attract browsers, but it will also make fun and fruitful work of report research. Ellen Mandel-Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Medieval Cookbook


Black, Maggie. The Medieval Cookbook. Thames & Hudson, 1996.

ISBN: 0500015481 (hardcover)


Organized in focus from different Medieval Figures such as: Chaucer, Richard II, and The Goodman of Paris. Presents overview of some of the cooking habits during the different time periods. Original text of the recipes included along with the modernizations.


Middle Ages - Fire Bed and Bone


Branford, Henrietta. Fire, Bed and Bone. Candlewick, 1998.

ISBN: 0763603384 (hardcover)


From Booklist

Branford combines the life of a loyal old hunting hound, the lives of a peasant family, and the historic peasant revolt led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball in late-fourteenth-century England in an unusual story, told from a dog's point of view. The dog, nameless throughout, gives an account of what it was like for both human and beast during this time of political and emotional unrest. Exceptionally drawn characters, both humans and dogs--villains, rebels, the good-hearted, and the brave--and detailed physical descriptions provide a fascinating look into what life was like in medieval England. The old dog is a wonderful character, and from the first chapter to the last, the dog's observant eye, sympathetic personality, and courageous acts hook the reader into what is both irresistible adventure and educational historical fiction that is sure to appeal to readers of a variety of backgrounds, whether animal lovers, fans of period fiction, or reluctant readers. Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Dick Whittington and his Cat


Brown, Marcia. Dick Whittington and His Cat. Aladdin, 1997.

ISBN: 0689815255(paperback)
ISBN: 0684189984(hardcover)


The well-loved tale of the London waif whose cat's prowess as a ratter results in Dick's becoming a successful merchant and Lord Mayor of London which is based on the legend surrounding Richard Whittington. Whittington, who died in 1423, was mayor of London 1397-1399, 1406-1407, and 1419-1420. Caldecott Honor book.


Buehr, Walter. Chivalry and the Mailed Knight. Longmans Canada Ltd., 1963. (Out of print)


Middle Ages - The Sword in the Tree


Bulla, Clyde Robert. The Sword in the Tree. HarperCollins, 1988.

ISBN: 0690799098 (hardcover)


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Middle Ages - Valentine and Orson


Burkert, Nancy Eckholm. Valentine and Orson. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1989.

ISBN: 0374380783 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

The story is a widely known romance from the medieval period, telling of twin brothers of royal lineage who are separated at birth. The illustrations are exquisite - elegant but not precious, exuberant but controlled. Glowing with the luminescence of watercolors, they are, at the same time, remarkable for incredible detail and texture. Like great tapestries, the painstaking execution of the idea is awe-inspiring. -- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Arms and Armor


Byam, Michelle. Arms and Armor (Eyewitness Books). Knopf, 1988.

ISBN: 039489622X(hardcover)


"An eye grabber: large, clear photographic layouts of weapons share pages with explanatory text and definitive illustrations. Each double spread covers a subject, from primitive weapons to the 'Guns That Won the West'; it's easy to forget their function in the beauty of the pieces and their clever designs. . . . A plum pudding of a book."--Kirkus Reviews. IRA Teacher's Choice.


Carrick, Donald. Harald and the Great Stag. Clarion, 1988. (Out of print)

When Harald discovers the Great Stag in the Baron's forest, he tells authorities in his excitement. To his surprise, they want to kill the creature. So Harald, trying to protect the Stag, throws off the hunting dogs and becomes the prey.


Caselli, Giovanni. The Everyday Life of a Cathedral Builder.Peter Bedrick, 1987.

ISBN: 0872261158(hardcover)

In 1206, a young boy with a talent for drawing is apprenticed to the architect in charge of building the cathedral in the northern French city of Rheims.


Caselli, Giovanni. The Middle Ages: History of Everyday Things. Peter Bedrick, 1989.

ISBN: 087226176X(hardcover)

This fact-filled book focuses on the Middle Ages of Europe--the era of great castles, the crusades, ocean travel and invention. Each page features richly detailed artwork which gives clear and accurate representations of the tools, weapons, clothing, and other artifacts of everyday life in the Middle Ages.


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Middle AgesCanterbury Tales


Chaucer, Geoffrey. Canterbury Tales. Barbara Cohen (Editor), Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator). Lothrop, 1988.

ISBN: 0688062016 (hardcover)


On a spring day in April--sometime in the waning years of the 14th century--29 travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Among them is a knight, a monk, a prioress, a plowman, a miller, a merchant, a clerk, and an oft-widowed wife from Bath. Travel is arduous and wearing; to maintain their spirits, this band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres. Five hundred years later, people are still reading Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.


Middle Ages - Canterbury Tales


Chaucer, Geoffrey. Canterbury Tales. Geraldine McCaughrean (Editor). Puffin Classics, 1997.

ISBN: 0140380531 (paperback)


From Horn Book

Published fall 1995. McCaughrean's accomplished version of the medieval classic -- written in prose -- retains the basic plot and humor of Chaucer's original poem. Colorful detailed illustrations accompany an accessible introduction to the medieval masterpiece. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Chanticleer and the Fox


Chaucer, Geoffrey. Chanticleer and the Fox. HarperTrophy, 1989.

ISBN: 0064430871 (paperback)
ISBN: 0690185618 (hardcover)


King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom.


Middle Ages - The Middle Ages


Chrisp, Peter. The Middle Ages (Discover My World). World Book, 1998.

ISBN: 0716694093 (paperback)
ISBN: 0716694085 (hardcover)

Follow Robin and her brother, Tom, as they take you to England and show you their world in the year 1250. You’ll visit their village, see a tournament, and discover what life is like at a castle. Sample hands on activities include making a shield, an illuminated letter, a stained glass window, and juggling balls. Through the use of these simple model-making projects, based on original artifacts, this book bring s the past alive and offers a unique educational experience for children.


Middle Ages - The Vikings


Chrisp, Peter. Vikings (My World). World Book Inc., 1999.

ISBN: 0716694131 (paperback)
ISBN: 0716694123 (hardcover)

Meet Thora, her brother Erik, and their friend Deirdre. They live on the Orkney Islands. Readers explore their island, find out about Viking raids, and imagine sailing in a Viking longship. This educational story is told from a child's perspective.


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Clare, John, ed. Fourteenth Century Towns (Living History). Harcourt, 1996.

ISBN: 0152013202 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152005153 (hardcover)

From the excitement of feasts and holy day parades to the hard work of apprenticeship, from the splendor of the cathedrals and the new universities to the ordinary reality of the marketplace, this book gives an in-depth view of life in European towns of the 14th century. Plus, a gripping story of the century's great disaster--the Great Plague.


Middle Ages - Knights in Armor


Clare, John, ed. Knights in Armor. Gulliver, 1996.

ISBN: 0152013083 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152005080 (hardcover)


Living history reenactments capture the world of medieval knighthood, documenting the codes of chivalry, tournaments, practices of court life, military and social roles of the knights, armor and weaponry, and other key aspects of medieval life.


Middle Ages - The Vikings


Clare, John. The Vikings. Gulliver Books, 1996.

ISBN: 0152013091 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152005129 (hardcover)


A close-up look at the world of the Norsemen examines the social and cultural conventions of the Vikings, their shipbuilding techniques and voyages, their explorations in Greenland and North America, and other aspects of their society.


Clements, Gillian. The Truth about Castles. First Avenue Editions, 1990.

ISBN: 0876145527 (paperback)
ISBN: 0876144016 (hardcover)

Text and detailed humorous illustrations present an overview of castles: who made them; when, how, why, and where they were built; what they were for; and what it was like to live in a castle.


Middle Ages- Robin Hood and Little John


Cohen, Barbara. Robin Hood and Little John. Paper Star, 1998.

ISBN: 0698116275 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606137440 (Turtleback)


From Horn Book

When Robin Hood wants to cross a narrow bridge over a stream, a large man blocks his way and challenges him to a fight. Cohen retells the story of Robin Hood's meeting with Little John in language that is both clear and simple and has an elegance befitting the five-hundred-year-old legend. Like the text, the illustrations, in shades of green and brown, are strong and uncluttered. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Collard, Sneed. 1,000 Years Ago on Planet Earth. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

ISBN: 0395908663 (hardcover)

At the dawn of the third millennium we know more about our amazing planet than ever before. But what did the world look like one thousand years ago? This eye-opening book takes readers back a thousand years in time to discover what was happening in twelve incredibly different civilizations at the turn of the first millennium. Travel to Central America to explore the great pyramid at Chichen Itza, witness the acts of the bloodthirsty and adventurous Vikings in northern Europe, and learn about the fascinating innovations of the Chinese during the Song Dynasty.


Corbishley, Mike. Cultural Atlas for Young People: The Middle Ages. Facts on File, 1990.

ISBN: 0816019738 (hardcover)

Maps, charts, illustrations, and text explore the history and culture of the Middle Ages with an international perspective.


Middle Ages - Vikings at a a Glance


Corbishley, Mike. Vikings at a Glance (At a Glance Series). Peter Bedrick Books, 1998.

ISBN: 0872265587 (hardcover)




Middle Age - Fabulous Feasts


Cosman, Madeline Pelner. Fabulous Feasts : Medieval Cookery and Ceremony. George Braziller, 1978.

ISBN: 080760898X (paperback)

A basis for classroom medieval feasts and for students who have chosen medieval food and eating practices as a research subject. A useful book, one whose information fits well with that of other sources and is usually easier to understand. A Includes many quotations from sumptuary and sanitation laws, which give insight into medieval food practices.


Cox, Phil Roxbee. What Were Castles For? (Starting Point History Series).

E D C Publications, 1995.

ISBN: 0746013418 (paperback)
ISBN: 0881107298 (hardcover)

Who built them? What was a joust? Where did the poeple who didn’t live in castles live? These are the kind of questions you’ll find asked and answered in this volume.


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Middle Ages - Robin Hood


Creswick, Paul. Robin Hood. Atheneum, 1984.

ISBN: 0684181622 (hardcover)


Chronicles the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived in Sherwood Forest as an outlaw dedicated to fight against tyranny.


Cross, Gwen. Knights of the Round Table (Bull’s Eye Classics). Demco Media, 1993.

ISBN: 060600324X (hardcover)

"The grade three reading level and large print puts these time-honored adventures within reach of children long before they can manage Malory's edition. The simple vocabulary retains the spirit of the courtly heroics and colorful pomp."--School Library Journal.


Middle Ages - Catherine Called Birdy


Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. HarperTrophy, 1995.

ISBN: 0064405842 (paperback)
ISBN: 0395681863 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Catherine, the daughter of an impoverished knight, is in her fourteenth year when she begins a record of her daily life. Her diary of the year 1290 provides a revealing, amusing, and vivid picture of both Catherine's thoughts and medieval life. Her rebellious nature, questioning mind, and kindness to all creatures make her a sympathetic figure in this fascinating and thought-provoking book. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

A Newbery Honor Book, 1995 Notable Children's Book (ALA)


Middle Ages - The Midwife's Apprentice


Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice.HarperTrophy, 1996.

ISBN: 006440630X (paperback)
ISBN: 0395692296 (hardcover)

A humorous and insightful novel filled with fascinating details of village life in medieval England. "A truly delightful introduction to a world seldom seen in children's literature." -- School Library Journal, starred review ALA Notable Book

ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Booklist Editors' Choice

Horn Book Fanfare Selection

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year


Davis, Courtney. Key Patterns and Animals : A Celtic Art Workbook. Blandford Press, 1999.

ISBN: 0713727446 (paperback)


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Middle Ages - Clothes and Crafts fom the Middle Ages


Dawson, Imogen. Clothes & Crafts in the Middle Ages.Silver Burdett, 1998.

ISBN: 0382397002 (paperback)
ISBN: 0382396995 (hardcover)


Dawson, Imogen. Food & Feasts in the Middle Ages. New Discovery, 1996.

ISBN: 0382395719 (hardcover)

What kinds of food did different people eat in their everyday lives and on special occasions? See how and when meals were cooked and served. From the descriptions of the times and from evidence left behind, find out about the varitey of foods that were produced, preseved, and prepared. Then you can try out some of the recipes for yourself for a meal or a feast.


Day, Malcolm. The World of Castles and Forts. Peter Bedrick Books, 1996.

ISBN: 0872262782 (hardcover)

An informative review of castles and forts throughout history travels back in time to 10,000 B.C., when the walls of Jericho, the earliest city, were put up for protection, and continues up to the modern-day nuclear age, exploring the ways in which fortifications have changed over the years.


Middle Ages - The Door in the Wall


de Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. Yearling, 1990.

ISBN: 0440402832 (paperback)
ISBN: 038507283X (hardcover)

Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman. He must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed in one stroke: He falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him and Robin is left alone.


Middle Ages - The Knight and the Dragon


de Paola, Tomi. The Knight and the Dragon. Putnam, 1992.

ISBN: 0399224017 (paperback)
ISBN: 0399207074 (hardcover)

What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it's no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor's things to find out how to fight a knight! Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate. "A top springtime choice." --Booklist "There's a swirl of good-humored life to the book." --The New York Times Book Review


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Dobson, Mary. Medieval Muck (Smelly Old History). Oxford Univ. Press, 1998.

ISBN: 0199105286 (paperback)

Medieval Muck gives you more than just historical gives you the smells of the middle ages, which by the way are not all bad. A novel way for kids to get interested in this time period.


Doherty, Paul. King Arthur (World Leaders Past & Present). Chelsea House, 1987.

ISBN: 0877545065 (hardcover)

A biography of the legendary king of medieval Britain who became the central figure in a series of tales describing his own heroic deeds and those of his knights.


Dwyer, Frank. Henry VIII (World Leaders Past and Present). Chelsea, 1988.

ISBN: 0877545308 (hardcover)

A biography of the sixteenth-century English monarch who effected the separation of England from the Church of Rome.


Middle Ages - Half Magic


Eager, Edward. Half Magic.Harcourt Brace, 1999.

ISBN: 0152020683 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152020691 (hardcover)


Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: half invisible, half rescued, half everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library.


Middle Ages - King's Castle


Eager, Edward. Knight's Castle. Harcourt Brace, 1999.

ISBN: 015202073X (paperback)
ISBN: 0152020748 (hardcover)


This is a wonderful story about four children who, because their father is ill, have to stay with their cousins. Their Aunt takes everyone to see the movie Ivanhoe and afterwards gives them a miniature castle complete with knights and ladies. Of course the kids designate these toys as the characters in the movie and the characters magically become alive. Of course nothing is like in the movies and funny magical adventures come to life for these youngsters.


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Middle Ages - Robin Hood


Early, Margaret. Robin Hood. Harry Abrams, 1996.

ISBN: 0810944286 (hardcover)


From Booklist

Early briefly retells 14 episodes from the tales of Robin Hood, with the formality of the telling suiting the style of her paintings. A story appears on the left-hand page facing a full-page illustration. Sometimes framed by architectural elements, the compositions not only give a sense of dramatic tableaux but also recall medieval miniatures rich with pattern, detail, and bright, heraldic colors, including gleaming gold. Even the varied, intricate borders are exceptionally beautiful. Although source notes would have given the text more authority, this illustrated Robin Hood will be useful in most collections. Carolyn Phelan~Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Medieval Knight


Edge, David. Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight. Crescent Books, 1993.

ISBN: 0517103192 (hardcover)


If you buy just one book on arms & armor, try this one on for size. This authoritative work is an excellent resource and reference tool. Follow century-by-century coverage of the development of arms and armor. Informative text and rich illustrations make this volume a pictorial archive including surviving museum pieces, as well as, medieval battle scenes.


Middle Ages - The Knight in Rusty Armor


Fisher, Robert. The Knight in Rusty Armor. Wilshire Book Co., 1989.

ISBN: 0879804211 (paperback)


While searching for a way to remove the armor that has become stuck on him, a knight finally discovers the true qualities of knighthood.


Fleming, Fergus. The Medieval Messenger (Newspaper Histories Series). Usborne, 1997.

ISBN: 0746027494 (paperback)
ISBN: 0881109045 (hardcover)

You’re in for a humorous look at medieval life in this tabloid edition. Some of the news headlines you’ll read are: Crusaders special, French play dirty at Chateau Gaillard, and Mystery plague rocks Europe. Features include such interesting articles as: Food (Fast food for fast days), Farming (The sheep are taking over), and Religion (What’s new at the Spanish Inquisition). Enjoy the marvelous merriment!


Middle Ages - The Red Keep


French, Allen. The Red Keep: A Story of Burgundy in 1165 (Adventure Library). Bethlehem Books, 1997.

ISBN: 1883937299 (paperback)


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Middle Ages - Dove and Sword


Garden, Nancy. Dove and Sword : A Novel of Joan of Arc (Point Signature). Scholastic, 1997.

ISBN: 0590929496 (paperback)
ISBN: 0374344760 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Most of what is known of Joan's life comes from the records of her trial for heresy as well as from the chroniclers of the period, as noted in the introduction. Garden's novel is enriched by considerable research into the social and political history of the times and by an examination of the arms and armor of the period. By presenting Joan through the eyes of a fictional friend, Gabrielle, the novel allows for latitude of interpretation without skewing facts. Uneducated but intelligent, untrained in the science of warfare but a superb military leader, a child who rose above the strictures of society and gender to become celebrated as a hero and a worker of miracles, Joan remains an enigma, a challenge, and an inspiration. Garden captures this ambivalence in Gabrielle's account of her journey with Joan's army as a healer, her romance with a young nobleman whose tragic death epitomizes the inevitable loss of lives attendant on military ventures, and her witnessing of Joan's death at the stake as a witch and heretic. At the conclusion of her narrative, she who once followed Joan and who had played at war as a child utters a plea for peace very much in tune with contemporary - or rather, universal - attitudes. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Gee, Robyn, ed. Living in Castle Times.E D C Publications, 1983.

ISBN: 0860206211 (paperback)


Middle Ages - Sir Cedric Rides Again


Gerrard, Roy. Sir Cedric Rides Again.Farrar, 1998.

ISBN: 0374466629 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606137750 (hardcover)


"The further adventures of Sir Cedric, chivalry's least bold knight, take him and his entourage to the Holy Land, where his wife, Fat Matilda the Pure, and his daughter, Edwina the Pest, are abducted by a horrible sheik, Abdul the Heavy, who intends to add Edwina to his harem and make Matilda his cook. . . . This is straight-faced comedy of a high order".--The New Yorker. Full-color illustrations.


Middle Ages - Knights in Shining Armor


Gibbons, Gail. Knights in Shining Armor. Little, Brown, 1998.

ISBN: 0316300381 (paperback)
ISBN: 0316309486 (hardcover)


In the characteristic tradition that has made her "the master of nonfiction for children," Gibbons describes the skills needed to become a knight and provides detailed illustrations of the armor and weaponry used in battles against fierce enemies and fiery dragons.


Middle Ages- The Dwarf, the Giant, and the Unicorn: A Tale of King Arthur.


Giblin, James. The Dwarf, the Giant, and the Unicorn: A Tale of King Arthur. Clarion Books, 1996.

ISBN: 0395605202 (hardcover)

From Booklist

In this unusual tale, King Arthur's ship runs aground on an island. While his knights repair the vessel, Arthur seeks help, finding a dwarf who warns that his giant son is gentle to friends but lethal to enemies, and also tells the king about the unicorn that saved the lives of both father and son when they were shipwrecked many years before. With the giant's help, the ship moves from the sand back to the sea. The dwarf, the giant, and the unicorn return to England, where they live "happily ever after in King Arthur's realm." Ewart's impressionistic watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork sensitively expresses the characters' emotions and creates richly colored and convincing settings. This good read-aloud is one of the few stories that show King Arthur's realm as a peaceable kingdom. Carolyn Phelan~Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved


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Middle Ages -  Cathedral, Forge, and Water Wheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages


Gies, Frances and Joseph. Cathedral, Forge, and Water Wheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages. HarperCollins, 1994.

ISBN: 0060925817 (paperback)

From Booklist

The flame of human ingenuity burned with surprising intensity during the medieval centuries. Already well known for their extensive research into medieval history and social life, the Gieses here explode the myth of the Dark Ages, showing that the Fall of Rome did not plunge Europe into stagnation and lethargy. Rather, the archaeological and historical record reveals that medieval Europeans borrowed discoveries from other lands (such as the compass, Hindu-Arabic numbers, gunpowder, and paper) and developed their own indigenous technologies (such as those in wind and water mills), so making continual progress in the use of natural resources. While most of the technological development was anonymous and practical, medieval advances in fields such as astronomy and navigation led directly toward the feats of Copernicus and Columbus. Bryce Christensen~Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Life in a Medieval Castle


Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Castle. HarperCollins, 1989.

ISBN: 006090674X


Painstaking research is combined with a concise and vivid presentation of life within a medieval castle. There's dirt, disease and war along with everyday chores, pastimes, dining and amusement. It's a must read for anyone interested in an accurate and unembellished picture of the gamut of medieval society.


Gies, Frances and Joseph. Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages. Harper, 1989.

This compelling and lucid chronicle of medieval life by the authors of the best-selling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City is worthwhile reading for students of history, sociology, and women's studies.


Middle Ages - Castle


Gravett, Christopher. Castles (Eyewitness Books). Knopf, 1994.

ISBN: 0679860002 (hardcover)


Looks behind fortress walls to explore how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals, how a boy rose from page to knight, and what castle life was like. "A welcome addition to the popular series." School Library Journal.


Middle Ages - Knights


Gravett, Christopher. Knight (Eyewitness Books) Knopf, 1993.

ISBN: 0679838821 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Suitable for browsing, this excellent entry in the series focuses on knights and armor. The succinct text is accompanied by stunningly clear color photographs of castles, costumes, illuminated volumes, and heraldry. Ind. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - Adam of the road


Gray, Elizabeth. Adam of the Road (Puffin Newbery LibraryViking, 1987.

ISBN: 014032464X (paperback)
ISBN: 0670104353 (hardcover)


The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.


Middle Ages - Queen Elizabeth I


Green, Robert. Queen Elizabeth I (First Books). Franklin Watts, 1997.

ISBN: 0531203026 (hardcover)


From Booklist

This attractive First Book: Monarchs does a fine job of introducing Queen Elizabeth I and fitting her into the context of her world, an age that eventually bore her name. Green's lively text begins with the reign of Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII, and that of her immediate predecessor, Mary Tudor. The book's focus is on the clash between Catholicism and Protestantism, including Elizabeth's habit of playing suitors of different religions against each other, as well as the sea battles that brought England riches and fame. The book is very handsomely illustrated with portraits of the text's principals; many of the paintings hang in England's National Gallery. The bibliography lists, besides books, a number of Internet sites that help bring the Middle Ages into the modern age. -Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - King Henry VIII


Green, Robert. King Henry VIII (First Book).Franklin Watts, 1998.

ISBN: 0531203050 (hardcover)


A biography of the English monarch who challenged the Pope's authority, established a state religion, married six wives, and presided over the beginnings of the Renaissance in England.


coMiddle Ages - Max and Me and the Time Machine


Greer, Gery. Max and Me and the Time Machine. HarperTrophy, 1988.

ISBN: 0064402223 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606036148 (Turtleback)


Steve buys a time machine at a garage sale and takes his friend Max to the year 1250, where they land in the middle of a jousting match, with the fierce Sir Bevis as an enemy.


Middle Ages - Myths and legends of the Middle Ages


Guerber, H. A. Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages. Dover, 1993.

ISBN: 048627862X (paperback)


Medieval romance and other kinds of myth and legend from the Middle Ages offer a heady mix of Christian and pagan elements, reflecting both the passing of an ancient culture and the arrival of a new order. Not purely legend, not really history, these wonderful stories often involve pagan heroes reshaped to fit tales of knighthood and Christian endeavor.


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Middle Ages - The Middle Ages


Hanawalt, Barbara. The Middle Ages: An Illustrated History.Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.

ISBN: 0195103599 (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

A scholarly but involving history of the Middle Ages, roughly covering the 5th to 15th centuries. Hanawalt aptly sets the stage with an introduction that outlines the importance of "emperors, kings, battles, crusades, feudalism, manorialism, the rise of towns, the growth of parliament, universities, and the Church," as well as "how average people experienced life in the Middle Ages.'' She discusses the three prominent cultures (Roman, Christian, German), the first autobiography ever written (Augustine's Confessions), three empires (Carolingian, Byzantine, Arab), architecture, ideas, monastic orders, bubonic plague, Magna Carta, Abelard's romance with Heloise, as well as various communities and their members. Richly illustrated with black-and-white medieval maps, drawings, illustrations, photographs, documents, and artifacts. (chronology, glossary, further reading, index)-- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Sir gawain and the Middle Ages


Hastings, Selina. Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady. William Morrow, 1987.

ISBN: 0688070469 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606034684 (Turtleback)


After a horrible hag saves King Arthur's life by answering a riddle, Sir Gawain agrees to marry her and thus releases her from an evil enchantment.


Hieatt, Constance B. Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks. Univ of Toronto Press, 1995.

ISBN: 0802076327 (paperback)
ISBN: 0802006787 (hardcover)

from Booknews, Inc.

Highly revised from the 1976 edition to account for the fact that the authors have since seen the actual manuscripts from which the recipes are taken. Includes the original directions and modern, tested recipes for hours d'oeuvres, eggs, and cold dishes; soppes and potages; sauces; bruets, stews, and other boiled fish, poultry, and meat dishes; broiled, baked, and roasted dishes; desserts; and subtleties.


Hindley, Judy. Knights and Castles. E.D.C. Publishing, 1998.

ISBN: 0746030754 (paperback)

ISBN: 0860202224 (hardcover)

Travel to northwest Europe at about 1240. Witness the time when the experience of the crusades was breaking up the old social order; when towns were growing and nations were developing. The crusaders had brought back revolutionary new ideas about warfare, castle-building, and chivalry. It was a time which gave rise to some of our best ideas and most stirring stories.


Middle Ages - The Kitchen Knight


Hodges, Margaret. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur. Holiday House, 1990.

ISBN: 082340787X (hardcover)


From Horn Book

A fine retelling of the Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkneyfrom Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. In a story full of mystery and action, Gareth, Arthur's nephew, overcomes the Knight of the Red Plain and wins the fair lady Linesse. Hyman's boldly colored illustrations are in many ways similar to those in Saint George and the Dragon (Little), adding drama and flourish to this lesser-known tale. -- Copyright © 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Howarth, Sarah. Medieval People (Medieval Series) . Millbrook, 1992.

ISBN: 1562941534 (hardcover)

A glimpse into the everyday lives and concerns of thirteen medieval people from king to heretic focuses on how each person fit into the general social structure of the day and is illustrated with examples of medieval art.


Howarth, Sarah. Medieval Places (Medieval Series). Millbrook, 1992.

ISBN: 1562941526 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

A lively approach to the social history of the Middle Ages through an examination of people and places. Chapters begin with a quote that relates facts about each topic. Illustrated with contemporary artwork, maps, and reproductions of illuminated manuscripts stained-glass windows. -- Copyright © 1992 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Howarth, Sarah. The Middle Ages. Viking, 1993.

ISBN: 0670850985 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

The handsome introduction to the history and customs of the Middle Ages, attractively illustrated with maps, drawings, and reproductions, is great for browsing. Focusing on Western Europe, the double-page spreads describe everything from food to friars; glossy, transparent overlays provide detailed explanations of castles, monasteries, and other aspects of medieval life.- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Howarth, Sarah. What do We Know About the Middle Ages? (What Do We Know About). Peter Bedrick, 1995.

ISBN: 0872263843 (hardcover)

Questions and answers about family life, religion, and government are presented in a series of double-page spreads. Time lines, glossary and index are included.


Middle Ages - King Arthur


Humphries, Tudor. Eyewitness Classics: King Arthur. DK Publishing, 1998.

ISBN: 0789428873(hardcover)



This spellbinding legend conjures up a vision of a Golden Age of heroism, sorcery, and chivalry.


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Middle Ages - Bestiary


Hunt, Jonathan. Bestiary: An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts. Simon & Schuster, 1998.

ISBN: 0689812469 (hardcover)


Hundreds of years ago, medieval scholars believed the world was filled with strange and terrifying creatures. They wrote about them in bestiaries -- collections of facts, myths, and stories about animals. Here are twenty-six creatures from those medieval legends, from the two-headed amphisbaena to the fierce ziphius, a water-owl that preys on ships and sailors. Detailed, dramatic paintings based on illuminated manuscripts will transport you to the Middle Ages -- when much of the world was still unknown and mysterious terrors haunted the night.


Middle Ages - Illuminations


Hunt, Jonathan. Illuminations. Aladdin, 1993.

ISBN: 0689717008 (paperback)


From Horn Book

An oversized, elaborately illustrated, eclectic alphabetic view of the Middle Ages from Alchemist to Zither, with illuminated initials based on a twelfth-century alphabet, this book is for browsing rather than reference, and useful for introducing or complementing history units. Bibliography. -- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Mossflower


Jacques, Brian. Mossflower. Avon, 1996.

ISBN: 0380708280 (paperback)
ISBN: 0399215492 (hardcover)


In this absorbing prequel to the critically acclaimed Redwall, Martin the Warrior and his woodland friends vie with the ruthless wild cats, Verdauga Greeneyes and his daughter, Tsarmina, for leadership of the abbey and Mossflower Woods.


Middle Ages - Redwall


Jacques, Brian. Redwall. Ace Books, 1998.

ISBN: 0441005489 (paperback)
ISBN: 0399231609 (hardcover)


A special release on the 10-year anniversary of one of the most beloved fantasy adventures of our time! "An animal world as compelling as that of "The Wind in the Willows". . . . This epic adventure contains elements of all grand quests, with heroic archetypes that will keep fans of Tolkien and King Arthur tales engaged to the final battle".--Publishers Weekly


Middle Ages - The Saga Of Eric the Red


Jones, Terry. The Saga of Erik the Viking. Trafalgar Square, 1999.

ISBN: 0140322612 (paperback)
ISBN: 1862052255 (hardcover)


From Kirkus Reviews

Erik and his crew go in search of "the land where the sun goes at night". Along the way they encounter the Old Man of the Sea, whom they outwit three times, a dragon, a magic sword, enchanters, assorted monsters and mythical beasts, and even Death. They are tested in various ways, go over the edge of the world and beneath the bottom of the sea, and fight inner demons as well as outer, until they find the land they seek and discover it is not for them.. Most of the chapters are complete in themselves and can be read as a series of related short stories. An enjoyable volume. Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - Medieval Town


Kerr, Daisy. Medieval Town (Worldwise).Watts, 1997.

ISBN: 0531153134 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531144267 (hardcover)


Discover the codes of knighthood during the Middle Ages or learn about the public health in a medieval town. Detailed illustrations and informative texts provide readers with the facts and a sense of this historical period. Glossary and index.


Middle Ages - Juliet, A Dream


Kirwan, Anna. Juliet: A Dream Takes Flight England, 1339 (Girlhood Journeys , No 1). Aladdin, 1996.

ISBN: 0689809832 (paperback)
ISBN: 0689811373 (hardcover)


In 1339, ten-year-old Juliet, the daughter of a gameskeeper, and her 12-year-old best friend, Marguerite, daughter of the lord of the manor, live in a small English town. One day, a stranger arrives and entangles the girls in an adventure which sees Marguerite betrothed against her will. Juliet's courage, loyalty and quick common sense save the day.


Middle Ages - Juliet, Rescue at Marble Head Manor


Kirwan, Anna.Juliet: Rescue at Marlehead Manor (Girlhood Journeys, No 2). Alabama Dept. of Econ., 1997.

ISBN: 0689809875 (hardcover)


The adventures of Juliet Blackwell, a young girl in Medieval England, are continued in this second book. Juliet, now a lady-in-waiting at court to her best friend Marguerite, risks her life to clear the name of a friend’s father, when he is unjustly accused of treason.


Middle Ages - A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver


Konigsburg, E. L. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. Yearling Books, 1985.

ISBN: 0440472016 (paperback)
ISBN: 0689301111 (hardcover)


Eleanor of Aquitaine has every reason to be upset. For centuries she's been patiently waiting for her husband, King Henry II, to meet her in Heaven. Luckily, she's sharing a cloud with some old friends who knew her when she and Henry ruled supreme. As long as they're together, they might as well gossip about old times--and soon all of Eleanor's adventures in the Middle Ages spring to life again. Finally, just when they're about to give up on Henry, Eleanor spots three men floating toward them. After all this time, could one of them be Henry?


Middle Ages  - We Just Moved


Krensky, Stephen. We Just Moved (Hello Reader!). Cartwheel Books, 1998.

ISBN: 0590331272 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606138919 (Turtleback)


From Booklist

This book from the Hello Reader! series creates an amusing counterpoint between words and illustrations as a boy tells about moving to his new home. With its realistic depiction of a child's feelings of sadness, fear, and anticipation, the simple text could certainly have a modern-day setting. But the illustrations reveal that this boy's home is literally his castle: he lives in medieval times (or at least fairy tale times), and he's moving from one castle to another. The illustration for "We packed all our clothing" shows a cart full of armor, shields, and helmets, and the "modern kitchen" in the boy's new home includes a large fireplace with a two-bird spit over the flames and a double crank to turn it. The occasional comedy in the well-drawn, colorful illustrations is balanced by the emotional truth of the words. Carolyn Phelan-Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved


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Lace, William. The Battle of Hastings (Battles of the Middle Ages). Lucent Books, 1996.

ISBN: 1560064161 (hardcover)

From Booklist

Military history buffs and student researchers will appreciate the care Lace has taken with this book, which is part of the new Battles series. The wonderful details, anecdotes, and biographical sketches he has provided make the people and events surrounding this celebrated battle come alive. He leads off with a chronology of events, and supplies enough background information so that even readers with little prior knowledge of English history will understand the significance of the Norman victory at Hastings. The book is filled with maps and black-and-white illustrations, and Lace provides an impressive annotated bibliography of adult and juvenile titles. Family trees showing the rather complicated relationships of the kings of England and the dukes of Normandy are also included. Chris Sherman~Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Landon, Lucinda. Meg Mackintosh and the Mystery at the Medieval Castle. Secret Passage Press, 1989.

ISBN: 1888695021 (paperback)

Meg uncovers the thief of a jewel-encrusted chalice. "This easily consumed story moves quickly, and would-be-detectives will enjoy matching wits with this young astute heroine." --Booklist


Middle Ages - Castle at War


Langley, Andrew. DK Discoveries: Castle at War: The Story of a Siege. DK Publishing, 1998.

ISBN: 0789434180 (hardcover)


Dramatic "eyewitness" accounts and highly informative text combine with detailed artwork to bring key historical events to life. This new "DK Discovery Guides" series combines the accuracy of cutaway cross-section artwork and the immediacy of original photography with strictly factual yet richly evocative storytelling.


Middle Ages - Medieval Life


Langley, Andrew. Medieval Life (Eyewitness Books). Knopf, 1996.

ISBN: 0679880771 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Arranged on a white background, numerous color photographs and reproductions offer the reader glimpses of the clothing, tools, weaponry, dwellings, and religious artifacts and relics of medieval Europe. On each page, extensive captions that explain the significance of each picture supplement the brief text. A fine addition to the series. Ind. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Lasker, Joe. A Tournament of Knights. HarperCollins, 1986. (Out of print)

Baron Orlando holds a great tournament in honor of his son, Justin. From all over, lords and ladies come to the castle to feast and watch the pageant. When the tournament begins, Sir Rolf challenges Justin to a duel. Justin is young and strong, but Sir Rolf is an experienced jouster--who will win?


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Lasker, Joe. Merry Ever After: The Story of Two Medieval Weddings. Puffin, 1976. (Out of print)


Middle Ages - Elizabeth I


Lasky, Kathryn. Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor (The Royal Diaries).Scholastic, 1999.

ISBN: 0590684841 (hardcover)


Told in the fictional diary of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth I, when she was between the ages of eleven and thirteen. Starting in 1544, Elizabeth records her thoughts as she tells of her hope to be queen someday even as she struggles with the fact that her father ordered her mother's execution.


Middle Ages - Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages


Leon, Vicki. Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages (Outrageous Women). John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

ISBN: 0471170046 (paperback)


The history of the Middle Ages generally presents the brave deeds of men, and Len, through painstaking and thorough research, presents the stories of 14 influential women of Europe, Africa, and the Far East, from 500 B.C. through A.D. 1500. "The author's characteristic blend of playful language and historical accuracy tells of a Viking killed by a severed head, a queen who knew the meaning of congregating frogs, and much more.... It is rare to see a book about the Middle Ages that presents such diversity. The women profiled lived in the sixth through fourteenth centuries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their spheres included everything from astronomy to warfare. They were nomads and empresses." --School Library Journal


Middle ages - The Story of King Arthur


Lister, Robin. The Story of King Arthur (Kingfisher Classics). Kingfisher, 1997.

ISBN: 0753451018 (paperback)


Fourteen tales from the magical land of Camelot--stories about the Round Table, the doomed love of Lancelot and Guinevere, the quest for the Holy Grail, the magic of Merlin and the treachery of Morgan le Fay--are sure to capture the imaginations of young readers.


Middle Ages - Saint George and the Dragon


McCaughrean, Geraldine. Saint George and the Dragon. Little Brown, 1990.

ISBN: 0316367958 (paperback)
ISBN: 0316367893 (hardcover)


This eloquent retelling of the legend of Saint George's slaying of the dragon is "a beautifully crafted book, a fine combination of author and illustrator. The paintings are richly colored, lush, detailed, and dramatic."--School Library Journal, starred review. 1985 Caldecott Medal Book; New York Times Best Illustrated Book.


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Middle Ages - Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest


McGovern, Ann. Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. Apple, 1991.

ISBN: 0590454412 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606032606 (hardcover)


Ten adventures of the legendary outlaw who, with his band, vowed to bring woe to both the greedy rich and those without mercy, and to help the innocent and good-hearted.


Middle Ages - The Outlaws of Sherwood


McKinley, Robin. The Outlaws of Sherwood. Greenwillow, 1988.

ISBN: 0441644511 (paperback)
ISBN: 0688071783 (hardcover)


The classic tale of Robin Hood gets a new lift as real flesh-and-blood outlaws, on the lam from the gallows and the sword, fight for the sake of justice. Robin and his merry cohorts swing through the forest in these fresh additions to the timeless stories.


Middle Ages - The Middle Ages


McNeill, Sarah. The Middle Ages (Spotlights). Oxford Univ Press, 1998.

ISBN: 0195213947 (hardcover)


Describes various aspects of life in the Middle Ages, including religion and monastic life, feudalism, homes and families, education, trade, art and architecture, and more. Also presents captioned pictures of related artifacts.


Middle Ages - Castle


Macaulay, David. Castle. Houghton, 1982.

ISBN: 0395329205 (paperback)
ISBN: 0395257840 (hardcover)


"What David Macaulay can draw -- churches, cities, pyramids -- he does better than any pen-and-ink illustrator in the world. Castle once again goes through a brick-by-brick assembly, employing cross-hatches and thin black lines to evoke a medieval place and period." -- Time ALA Notable Book

Horn Book Fanfare Selection


Middle Ages - Cathedral


Macaulay, David. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. Houghton, 1981.

ISBN: 0395316685 (paperback)
ISBN: 0395175135 (hardcover)


"This marvelous book recreates the building of a French Gothic cathedral from the hewing down of half a forest to the placement of the last sheet of lead on the spire. Macaulay uses voluminous knowledge and pen-and-ink sketches accompanied by a brief clear narrative." -- Time ALA Notable Book & Horn Book Fanfare Selection


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Middle Ages - First Facts about the Middle Ages


MacDonald, Fiona. First Facts About the Middle Ages (First Facts Series). Peter Bedrick Books, 1997

ISBN: 0872265331 (hardcover)


Did you know that medieval people used bread for plates? These and other unusual or important facts are addressed in this resource which provides concise information and detailed color artwork


Middle Ages - How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages


MacDonald, Fiona. How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages? Franklin Watts, 1997.

ISBN: 0531153061 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531143430(hardcover)


from the back cover...

Question: I have to have a bath, but I’m not dirty. Why do I need one then?

Question: My mother is making a poultice for my sore leg. Will it do any good?

Question: Oh dear! My neighbor’s cow is trampling all over my cornfield again. What can I do about it? These and other questions will be answered in this factual and interesting look at the Middle Ages. Index, glossary, and timeline included.


Middle Ages - Marco Polo: A Journey through China


MacDonald, Fiona. Marco Polo : A Journey Through China (Expedition).Franklin Watts, 1998.

ISBN: 0531153401 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531144534 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - A Medieval Castle


MacDonald, Fiona. A Medieval Castle (Inside Story). Peter Bedrick, 1993.

ISBN: 0872262588 (paperback)
ISBN: 0872263401 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

A perceptive view into the structure of a castle, with carefully labeled detailed drawings which provide a backdrop for information on life and activity in a medieval village. The clearly written text is appealing. -- Copyright © 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - A Medieval Cathedral


MacDonald, Fiona. A Medieval Cathedral (Inside Story). Peter Bedrick, 1991.

ISBN: 0872262669 (paperback)
ISBN: 0872263509 (hardcover)


This popular edition in the Inside Story series takes young readers back in time to witness the construction of the great cathedrals of Europe. The masterful techniques of the architects, artisans, and craftsmen are detailed in full-color illustrations and informative captions.


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MacDonald, Fiona. The Middle Ages (The Illustrated History, Vol 4). Facts on File, 1993.

ISBN: 0816027889 (hardcover)

Cutaway diagrams of castles and richly detailed, captioned illustrations of armor, costumes, and social events offer a lively introduction to the medieval world and its contributions to history and culture.


MacDonald, Fiona. The World in the Time of Charlemagne. Dillon Press, 1998.

ISBN: 0382397371 (hardcover)


Middle Ages - The World in the Time of Marco Polo


MacDonald, Fiona. The World in the Time of Marco Polo (The World in the Time Of... Series). Dillon Press, 1997.

ISBN: 0382397495 (hardcover)



Middle Ages - Viking


Margeson, Susan. Viking (Eyewitness Books). Knopf, 1994.

ISBN: 0679860029 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

History buffs will be fascinated by these volumes suitable for browsing, which feature clear color photographs of furniture, clothing, weaponry, jewelry, and hundreds of other items found in the Viking world and medieval castles. It is a credit to the series that even the posed pictures of models in historical garb look convincingly realistic. - Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Myths and Civilization of the Vikings


Martell, Hazel Mary. Myths and Civilization of the Vikings (Myths and Civilization). Peter Bedrick Books, 1998.

ISBN: 0872262855 (hardcover)


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Martell, Hazel Mary. The Normans (Worlds of the Past). New Discovery, 1992.

ISBN: 0027624285 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Well illustrated with drawings, color photographs, and maps, this series provides an introduction to various peoples and cultures. Each volume includes information about the people, where they came from and how they lived, as well as a brief look at the archaeological methods used for obtaining artifacts and other data. A time line is provided, but the lack of a chronological narrative may be confusing. Nevertheless, the lively text and fascinating details make these books appealing. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Martell, Hazel Mary. Over 900 Years Ago: With the Vikings (History Detective). New Discovery, 1993.

ISBN: 0027263258 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

The interesting account of the Vikings is accompanied by color photographs of some of the artifacts found in settlement, as well as muddy drawings depicting what life might have been like nine-hundred-years ago. The time line is a helpful tool. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Medieval Times


Mason, Antony. Medieval Times (If You Were There). Simon & Schuster, 1996.

ISBN: 0689809522 (hardcover)


From Kirkus Reviews

In the If You Were There series, a sanitized look at life in the Middle Ages, with information about castles, knights, cathedrals, feudalism, food, and much more. Each spread--with headlines such as ``Military Might,'' "An Ordered World,'' and "Village Life''--contains information on the main topic and several related topics, e.g., discussion of defense includes commentary about building materials and architectural features of the times. Five or six full-color illustrations accompany each discussion; with a varied and attractive layout full of reproductions and other sources of visual information, this is an extremely vivid, useful volume for making the period accessible. (game board, map, chronology, index) Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Days of Knights


Maynard, Christopher. Eyewitness Readers: Days of the Knights (Level 4, Grades 2-4). Dorling Kindersley, 1998.

ISBN: 0789429632 (paperback)



Morley, Jacqueline. How Would You Survive as a Viking? How Would You Survive?) Franklin Watts, 1996.

ISBN: 0531153029 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531143449 (hardcover)

from the back cover...

Question: We have a dead cow above our door. Why is it there? Question: I need to organize a raid. Where should I start? Question: My husband is friendly with my brother’s killer. Is this grounds for divorce? From cradle to grave this volume is an essential guide to living in Viking times. Glossary, index and timeline included.


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Middle Ages - Arthur, High King of Britian


Morpurgo, Michael. Arthur, High King of Britain. Harcourt Brace, 1995.

ISBN: 0152000801 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Beginning with his retrieval of the sword from the stone and ending with his last battle against Mordred, the High King himself narrates tales about his life and the adventures of the knights of the Round Table. Arthur's kindly interaction with a modern boy, who accidentally finds the king's secluded cave, frames the story. Expressive watercolors illustrate this accessible interpretation of the Arthurian legends. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - The Squire's Tale


Morris, Gerald. The Squire's Tale. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

ISBN: 0395869595 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

An altogether different view of the feats of the often-vilified Sir Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, casts the famous knight in a more flattering light. Told from the point of view of the boy Terence, who is acquired accidentally as Sir Gawain's squire, we observe Sir Gawain's strength of character, kindness to animals, chivalry toward ladies, and subversive sense of humor. Many of Sir Gawain's well-known adventures, including the story of Pelleas and Ettard, the loathly lady, and his friendship with Sir Tor, are woven into the narrative-but with some twists. The author has also taken some liberties with the standard Arthurian canon by the addition of imaginary figures, such as a great magician, Ganscotter, superior even to Merlin, and Terence himself, revealed finally, to his own surprise, to be a powerful sorcerer as well. The author leaves some tantalizing unanswered questions, and the tale is filled with knightly derring-do. Both Sir Gawain and Terence are remarkably engaging figures, holding our attention and affection. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Needham, Kate. The Time Trekkers Visit the Middle Ages. Copper Beech, 1996.

ISBN: 0761304819 (hardcover)


Middle Ages - The Enchanted Castle


Nesbit, E. The Enchanted Castle. William Morrow & Company, 1992.

ISBN: 0140367438 (paperback)
ISBN: 0688054358 (hardcover)


From Kirkus Reviews

One of the landmarks of children's fantasy: an enduring favorite first published in 1907, now reissued in the "Books of Wonder"' series with a dozen splendid new color illustrations that extend an award-winning artist's already extraordinary range. Skillfully selecting pivotal, magical moments, Zelinsky again uses his trademark dynamic perspectives and figures, while depicting the intriguing castle itself in enchantingly imaginative detail. A delightful blend of period flavor, contemporary sensibility, and innovative composition. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. Review based on hardcover edition.


Middle Ages - Medieval Knights


Nicolle, David. Medieval Knights (See-Through History Series). Viking Childrens Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0670874639 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

A broad survey examines various aspects of knighthood and the medieval era, such as the feudal system, forms of heraldry, and religious pilgrimages. The book's main draw are the four illustrations that feature plastic overlays--including a look at the inside and outside of a manor house and the layers of armor worn by knights. A time line is included.-- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - Beowulf


Nye, Robert. Beowulf: A New Telling. Laurel Lea, 1982.

ISBN: 0440905605 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606020349 (Turtleback)


He comes out of the darkness, moving in on his victims in deadly silence. When he leaves, a trail of blood is all that remains. He is a monster, Grendel, and all who know of him live in fear. Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, knows something must be done to stop Grendel. But who will guard the great hall he has built, where so many men have lost their lives to the monster while keeping watch? Only one man dares to stand up to Grendel's fury...Beowulf.


Middle Ages - Making of a Knight


O’Brien, Patrick. The Making of Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor. Charlesbridge, 1998.

ISBN: 088106355X (paperback)
ISBN: 0881063541 (hardcover)


From School Library Journal

"Readers follow young Sir James to knighthood in this informative picture book. He begins his journey at age seven as a page, working his way up to squire and, after proving himself brave in battle, a knight. Children step into the world of the 1400s, complete with kings, queens, ladies, castles, and silken flags flying. As the boy learns about serving the king, chivalry, weapons, and suiting up for battle, youngsters are treated to captionlike asides that add details on life in the Middle Ages. This book has it all: battles, lavish dinners, jousting, and even romance. It is generously illustrated with detailed oil paintings. O'Brien has done his research; the story and illustrations fittingly portray England of yore." Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Sir Small and the Dragonfly

O’Connor, Jane. Sir Small and the Dragonfly (Step into Reading Books).Random House, 1988.

ISBN: 0394896254 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606125183 (hardcover)


"The tallest person is no taller than a toothpick in the town of Pee Wee, and when Lady Teena is abducted by a dragonfly, a tiny knight, riding his trusty ant, rescues the miniature maiden. This is a hit--an engagingly humorous storyline (set in very large type) features simple words and only a sentence or two per page."--Booklist. "A visual treat combined with a delightful story."--School Library Journal.


middle Ages - Favorite Medieval Tales


Osborn, Mary Pope. Favorite Medieval Tales. Scholastic, 1998.

ISBN: 0590600427 (hardcover)


From Booklist

Dramatic and immediate for storytelling, this companion volume to Osborne and illustrator Troy Howell's Favorite Norse Myths (1996) has the same large-size, handsome design with spacious type, thick paper, and full-page painting and illustrated title page for each story. Osborne's nine retellings are faithful in spirit to the original stories, from the Arthurian chivalry of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to the cozy domesticity of Chaucer's beast fable "Chanticleer and the Fox." There is also a Robin Hood story, a French werewolf parable, and versions of Finn Maccoul, Beowulf, the French Song of Roland, and the German Island of the Lost Children, all of them passed down orally and first written down between 1100 and 1450. Howell's acrylic paintings evoke the brightly detailed designs of illuminated manuscripts and medieval tapestries, with monsters and heroes, arches and battlefields. The excellent, readable notes provide historical and literary context, and many readers will go from here to the great full-blown retellings by such writers as Rosemary Sutcliff and Howard Pyle. -Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Favorite Norse Myths


Osborn, Mary Pope. Favorite Norse Tales. Scholastic Trade, 1996.

ISBN: 0590480464 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Fourteen accessible retellings of episodes from Norse mythology are elegantly showcased in a well-designed, profusely illustrated volume. The timeless tales are preceded by a thoughtful introduction that not only sets the stories in historical context but also notes resemblances to other cultures. Full-color illustrations are executed in heroic style, and appended materials are well organized to provide much information.-- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - The Knight at Dawn


Osborn, Mary Pope. The Knight at Dawn (First Stepping Stone Books). Random House, 1993.

ISBN: 067982412X (paperback)
ISBN: 0679924124 (hardcover)

Jack and Annie travel back in time to medieval England for an adventure inside a storybook castle, from feasting hall to dreadful dungeon. With humor and magic, critically acclaimed author Mary Pope Osborne brings history to life in this First Stepping Stone book.


Middle Ages - Parzival


Paterson, Katherine. Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight. Lodestar, 1998.

ISBN: 0525675795 (hardcover)


Katherine Paterson's wide reading led her to the Parzival story, in which a simple but handsome boy becomes a knight in King Arthur's court, discovers he is of noble birth, and undertakes to seek the Holy Grail, emblem of enlightenment and redemption. The author's craftsmanship is apparent on every page as she retells a thirteenth-century epic poem by Wolfram von Eschenbach. Parzival sets out on a long, five-year journey, going from wilderness to mountain, until finally he asks the proper question and is crowned the Grail King. Told with compassion, wit, and humor, and with great economy, this is a story that will open new worlds for readers of all ages. Both an adventure story and a spiritual quest, it makes a wonderful Easter gift. It is a story to be read on many different levels and will gain for its author many new fans.


Middle Ages - Robin Hood


Philip, Neil. Eyewitness Classics: Robin Hood. DK Publishing, 1997.

ISBN: 0789414902 (hardcover)


The legend of Robin Hood is portrayed with colorful illustrations, the wide-margined pages which incorporate color photographs, drawings, and facts that supplement the text. Relying on the format of the Eyewitness series, historical background topics (e.g., archery and religious life) are presented as sidebars to the classical tale.


Middle Ages - Odin's Family


Philip, Neil. Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings. Orchard Book, 1996.

ISBN: 0531095312 (hardcover)


From Kirkus Reviews

A retelling of Norse mythology, from creation to Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, including stories about Odin, Loki, Thor, and the giants of Jotunheim. Philip adds little that is new to the already considerable body of Norse myths available for young readers, but his competent retellings retain an elegant formality. Foa's striking oil paintings have a look best described as somewhere between colored woodcuts and cave paintings; her unusual approach gives the book a quality of something ancient rediscovered, wholly appropriate to the subject. They make the book extraordinary. Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Alanna


Pierce, Tamora. Alanna : The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 1). Random House, 1989.

ISBN: 0679801146 (paperback)


Alan of Trebond, the best warrior in the palace, is harboring a big secret: he is really a she--Alanna. But when her prince is felled by an illness, Alanna has no choice but to use her healing magic--even if it means ruining her career. "Full of slam-bang action...young readers will rejoice."--Kirkus


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Middle Ages -In the Hand of the Goddess


Pierce, Tamora. In the Hand of the Goddess (The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 2). Random House, 1997.

ISBN: 0679801111 (paperback)


Alanna achieves the honor of becoming Prince Jonathan's squire and must be strong and courageous in order to protect him from the destructive forces of the evil sorcerer.


Middle Ages - Lioness Rampant


Pierce, Tamora. Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness Quartet, Book 4). Random House, 1997.

ISBN: 0679801138 (paperback)


In an action-filled adventure, Alanna, the first female knight, ventures out to find the ""gem of goodness,"" the Dominion Jewel, but Prince Jonathan's evil uncle, Duke Roger, suddenly returns from the dead and begins to wreak havoc on the kingdom.


Middle Ages - The Woman Who Rides like a Man


Pierce, Tamora. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness.) No. 3). Random House, 1997.

ISBN: 067980112X (paperback)



Poole, Austin Lane. From Domesday Book to Magna Carta: 1087-1216 (The Oxford History of England). Oxford Univ Press, 1993.

ISBN: 0192852876 (paperback)


Middle Ages - Joan of Arc


Poole, Josephine. Joan of Arc.Knopf, 1998.

ISBN: 0679890416 (hardcover)


The enthralling, true story of Joan of Arc is told in the voice of a gifted storyteller and sumptuously illustrated in what is sure to be one of the most beautiful picture books of the year.


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Middle Ages - The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood


Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood : Of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshire. New American Library, 1991.

ISBN: 0451522842 (paperback)
ISBN: 0844627658 (hardcover)


Retells the ballad tales of Robin Hood and his band of fellows who outwitted the sour Sheriff of Nottingham, henchman of the wicked King John.


Middle Ages - The Story of King Arthur and his Knights


Pyle, Howard. Story of King Arthur and His Knights. Atheneum, 1991.

ISBN: 0486214451 (paperback)ISBN: 0684148145 (hardcover)


In these wonderfully illustrated tales, renowned storyteller Howard Pyle journeys back to the age of King Arthur and his Round Table to chronicle the powerful, enthralling story that has delighted generations of readers fascinated by chivalry, magic, and the unforgettable drama of medieval times.


Pyle, Howard. The Story of Sir Lancelot and His Companions. Dover, 1991.

ISBN: 0486267016 (paperback)

Follows Sir Launcelot of the Round Table as he rescues Queen Guinevere, fights in the tournament at Astolat, and pursues other adventures.


Pyle, Howard. Story of the Champions of the Round Table.Amereon, 1999.

ISBN: 048621883X (paperback)
ISBN: 0848821068 (hardcover)


Pyle, Howard. The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur. Dover, 1993.

ISBN: 048627361X (paperback)

Follows the adventures of Sir Gerwaint, Galahad's quest for the holy Grail, the battle between Launcelot and Gawaine, and the slaying of Mordred.


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Middle Ages - Happily Ever After


Quindlen, Anna. Happily Ever After. Viking Childrens Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0670869619 (hardcover)

From Booklist

Quindlen adds a lively entry to the popular 1990s genre of feminist fractured fairy tales. "I rescued myself!" It's a magic baseball mitt that transforms fourth-grader Kate into a princess in a medieval castle. Then the tomboy discovers she is supposed to spend her time watching from windows, sewing tapestries, and listening to the prince sing boring love songs. Instead, Kate slits her long skirt, helps slay the dragon, teaches the witch and the troll to play jacks and "tic-tack toe," and sets up a baseball game between the maids and the ladies-in-waiting. Much of the fun is in the contemporary parody of the age of chivalry ("Princess, schmincess--in baseball, effort is what counts"), and Stevenson's line-and-watercolor illustrations combine the laid-back, the silly, and the wild. Hazel Rochman-Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Castle Life


Reid, Struan. Castle Life (Age of Castles). Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1999.

ISBN: 0817281207 (paperback)
ISBN: 0817251197 (hardcover)


A clear presentation of life in a medieval castle’s crowded rooms and the people who lived there. Photographs, actual artifacts and illustrations accentuate the text. A timeline, glossary, index, and brief bibliography are included.


Middle Ages - Red Hugh


Reilly, Robert. Hugh: Prince of Donegal (Living History Library). Bethlehem Books, 1997.

ISBN: 1883937221 (paperback)


In 1587, teenaged Hugh Roe O'Donnell, son of the rulers of Donegal, is seized by the English and imprisoned in Dublin Castle for three years before escaping to join in the struggle to rid Ireland of English rule.


Middle Ages - Life in the Middle Ages


Rice, Earle. Life During the Middle Ages (The Way People Live). Lucent Books, 1998.

ISBN: 1560063866 (hardcover)


Describes country and city life during the Middle Ages including such aspects as social order, religion, family life, agriculture, money and trade, war, pestilence, education, and architecture and other arts.


Middle Ages - The Middle Ages


Rius, Maria. The Middle Ages. Barrons Juveniles, 1988.

ISBN: 0812033868 (paperback)


An illustrated history of the Middle Ages, with a fictional story involving children to depict the time in history.


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Middle Ages - A Soldiers Life


Robertshaw, Andrew. A Soldier’s Life: A Visual History of Soldiers through the Ages. Puffin, 1998.

ISBN: 0141300760 (paperback)
ISBN: 0525675507 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This oversized photo history of soldiering features contemporary models posed in the historic garb of those who fought in the Crusades, the Civil War, the two world wars, and several other conflicts. A concise text accompanies the clear color photographs and explains the details of the various uniforms, weapons, and equipment used in each war. A time line and list of battle sites and museums are included. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1997 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Rosen, Sidney and Dorothy. The Magician’s Apprentice (Adventures in Time).Carolrhoda, 1994.

ISBN: 0876148097 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Based upon facts of Roger Bacon's life, the old-fashioned historical adventure features fifteen-year-old Jean, who has been sent by the Church to spy on the suspected heretic. Jean begins to question Church doctrine and ends up leading a rescue mission to free Bacon from prison. Despite the contrived plot, the book presents an important issue via an intriguing journey into the thirteenth century. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Arthur and the Sword


Sabuda, Robert. Arthur and the Sword. Aladdin, 1998.

ISBN: 0689820313 (paperback)
ISBN: 0689319878 (hardcover)


From Booklist

In his newest picture book, Sabuda retells the story of young Arthur, who pulls Excalibur from the anvil and becomes the long-awaited king of England. The retelling begins with the appearance of the sword and ends with Arthur accepting his fate. But the artist's faux stained-glass images, created by applying liquid lead and glass dyes to Plexiglas, add a whole new dimension to the familiar story. The stained-glass effect captures the age, magic, and mystery of the story, especially for the picture-book audience. His stained-glass portraits, especially of Merlin and a shining Excalibur, demand attention. An author's note is appended. Kathy Broderick-Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Young Arthur


San Souci, Robert D. Young Arthur. Bantam Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0440412609 (paperback)
ISBN: 0385322682 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

The fourth book in San Souci's Arthurian series relates the events of the legendary king's early life, including his apprenticeship to prideful Kay, the sword in the stone incident, the acquisition of Excalibur, and his leadership in his first battle. Both text and illustrations emphasize Arthur's noble character. Source notes are included. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Young Guinevere


San Souci, Robert D. Young Guenevere. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996.

ISBN: 0440412919 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606121242 (Turtleback)


From Horn Book

The tale of Guinevere's youth until the time she leaves home to marry King Arthur is told with rich language. Dramatic and colorful, the illustrations tie in elements from the Book of Kells for a traditional touch. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - Young Lancelot


San Souci, Robert D. Young Lancelot. Doubleday, 1996.

ISBN: 0440414598 (paperback)
ISBN: 0385321716 (hardcover)


From Booklist

Combining several legends into one well-knit narrative, San Souci offers a beautifully cadenced story of the young Lancelot. The tale begins when Lancelot was a baby, taken in by the Lady of the Lake after his parents died. Handsome and bold, he defeats Sir Turquine, who has imprisoned 64 of King Arthur's bravest knights, and slays two giants who have enslaved a nearby town. Still, Lancelot is heartless, and therefore unable to defeat the knights of the Chapel Perilous, until he is touched by the sorrows of others. Reflecting the story's focus on the people and adventures of Arthurian legend, the paintings focus on individual characters and moments of drama. The many details of Celtic art set the characters firmly within their time and place in history. Carolyn Phelan-Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - Young Merlin


San Souci, Robert D. Young Merlin. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996.

ISBN: 0440411599 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606089306 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

An imaginative, convincing, though not fully fleshed-out tale of the childhood of Merlin. The supernatural air of the story is reflected in illustrations that are a combination of solid reality and misty dreamlike qualities. -- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Sancha, Sheila. Walter Dragun’s Town: Crafts and Trade in the Middle Ages. HarperCollins, 1989. (Out of print)

Presents the economic and social life of a medieval town by chronicling a week's activities in the trading center of Stanford (now Stamford), England, in 1274.


Middle Ages - Knights of the Kitchen Table


Scieszka, Jon. Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio). Puffin, 1994.

ISBN: 0140346031 (paperback)
ISBN: 0670836222 (hardcover)


Joe's been caught up in a book before, but this is ridiculous! Joe's Book, a gift from his magician uncle, doesn't just tell stories, it zaps Joe and his friends Sam and Fred right into the middle of them. And when these thoroughly modern kids meet King Arthur and become Knights of the Round Table, the result can only be thoroughly amusing mayhem.


Serraillier, Ian. Beowulf the Warrior. Ignatius Press, 1997.

ISBN: 1883937035 (paperback)

Master storyteller Ian Serraillier has rewoven in modern narrative verse the story of Beowulf, the oldest epic in the English language. He succeeds in making this classic tale accessible to today's youth.


Middle Ages - Celtic Key Patterns


Sloss, Andy. How to Draw Celtic Key Patterns : A Practical Handbook. Blandford Press, 1991.

ISBN: 0713726520 (paperback)


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Stanley, Diane. Joan of Arc. Morrow, 1998.

At 13, Joan of Arc began to hear the voices of saints. At 17, she rode into battle. And by 19, she was burned at the stake as a heretic. Almost 500 years later, she was declared a saint. Diane Stanley tells Joan's story with a lively, carefully researched text and sumptuous, gilded illustrations inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of that time.


Steffof, Rebecca. Marco Polo and the Medieval Explorers (World Explorers). Chelsea House, 1992.

ISBN: 0791012948 (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

The author of more than 40 nonfiction books for young adults focuses on the busy period of political and commercial interchange between Asia and Europe from 1245 to 1433 A.D. Beginning with Marco Polo's famous meeting with Kublai Khan, Stefoff summarizes the growth of the Mongolian Empire and the increasing contact with Europe that began in the fourth century B.C. The oft-told but still fascinating story of the Polos is followed by a final chapter--set in the period just before the Columbus era--about two lesser-known explorers, Ibn Battuta of Morocco and Cheng Ho of China. The author's steady stream of concentrated information is well complemented by period illustrations, including a color insert, with informative captions. The sheer interest of the material here will reward those diligent enough to pursue it. Map; bibliography; chronology; index. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Sutcliff, Rosemary. Beowolf. Peter Smith, 1984.

ISBN: 0844661651 (hardcover)

The epic poem Beowulf describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times. Beowulf, a seemingly invincible person, possesses super-human physical strength and courage. These traits aid in his encounters with hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts. Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others.


Middle Ages- The Light Beyond the Forest


Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Light Beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy Grail (Arthurian Trilogy, Vol. 2). Puffin, 1994.

ISBN: 0140371508 (paperback)


A retelling of the adventures of King Arthur's knights, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Percival, as they search for the Holy Grail.


Middle Ages - The Road Beyond Charlann


Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Road to Camlann. Puffin, 1994.

ISBN: 0140371478 (paperback)


The evil Mordred, plotting against his father King Arthur, implicates the Queen and Sir Lancelot in treachery and brings about the downfall of Camelot and the Round Table.


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Middle Ages - The Sword and the Circle


Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Puffin, 1994.

ISBN: 0140371494 (paperback)


A retelling of the classic Arthurian legend follows the adventures of the boy who became a king, his councillor Merlin, his beloved Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table.


Sutcliff, Rosemary. Tristan and Iseult. Sunburst, 1991.

ISBN: 0374479828 (paperback)

Long before the time of chivalrous knights, fair ladies, and turreted castles, Tristan defeats Ireland's greatest warrior and gains the friendship of his uncle, the King of Cornwall, who entrusts him with a very special mission: to sail the seas in search of a queen. "The storytelling is superb."--Horn Book.


Middle Ages - Excalibur


Talbott, Hudson. Excalibur (Books of Wonder: Tales of King Arthur). Morrow, 1996.

ISBN: 0688133800 (hardcover)


from Horn Book

The third entry in the Tales of King Arthur series concerns the boyish and very human ruler, Arthur, retold in an uncluttered, open manner and with far more immediacy than King Arthur and the Round Table. A huge battle scene at the ocean's edge is the first of many colorful, spectacular tableaux. Having conquered the Saxons, King Arthur watches wistfully as all his knight-pals set off for adventures while he mopes around in the castle. He slips out of the castle to fight the evil King Pellinore, despite Merlin's warnings against it. After battling "for hours," Arthur is rescued from death by Merlin and recovers dramatically to claim the sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - King Arthur and the Round Table


Talbott, Hudson. King Arthur and the Round Table (Books of Wonder: Tales of King Arthur). Morrow, 1995.

ISBN: 0688113400 (hardcover)


Arthur was only 16 years old when he pulled the sword from the stone and became High King of all Britain. Soon he faced a challenge from 12 rival kings who declared war on him. Talbott takes readers from Arthur's heroic battle at Bedegraine to his marriage to Guinevere, and finally to the founding of Camelot and the establishment of the Round Table.


middle Ages - Lancelot


Talbott, Hudson. Lancelot: Tales of King Arthur (Books of Wonder). Morrow Junior, 1999.

ISBN: 0688148328 (hardcover)


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Middle Ages - The Ramsay Scallop


Temple, Frances. The Ramsay Scallop. HarperTrophy, 1995.

ISBN: 0064406016 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531068366 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

The story of a pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela, undertaken by a young girl, Eleanor, and her affianced husband in 1299, harks back to the style of earlier books such as Adam of the Road (Viking). Their problems and adventures are many; much storytelling takes place; their companions are wholesome and loyal; and Eleanor and Thomas arrive at a happy resolution of their physical and spiritual journey and their relationship. A pleasant historical tale. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Behind the Mask


Thomas, Jane Resh. Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I. Clarion, 1998.

ISBN: 0395691206 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, comes alive in this vital and intelligent biography. Throughout, Thomas has a good story to tell-one full of intrigue, passion, and larger-than-life characters-and her documentation backs it up. Appropriately regal with its gold and red cover, this handsome book, filled with black-and-white photographs of the times and its personalities, contains a stunning eight-page color insert of the queen's life in portraits. Learned, determined, imperious, this Virgin Queen "had everything else but denied herself love"; yet she became known as "the maiden queen who married England".-- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - The Forest Wife


Tomlinson, Theresa. The Forest Wife. Yearling Books, 1997.

ISBN: 0440413508 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531094502 (hardcover)


From Booklist

Using the Robin Hood legends as a springboard, Tomlinson heads deep into the heart of the forest; however, the hero of this story is not the prince of thieves, but Marian, who becomes the benevolent Green Lady of the forest. Rather than marry an elderly widower who stinks of ale, 15-year-old Marian runs away to join the forest folk, who live by their own rules. Among them is her former nurse, Agnes, whose common sense and prowess at healing have earned her the mantle of Forestwife--the wise woman people come to when they are in dire need. Cleverly, yet subtly, the author marks the extra burdens that women had to bear in a society that was fair to few of its subjects. A rich, vibrant tale with an afterword that describes how various legends were braided into the story. Ilene Cooper~Copyright © 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Bantam, 1990.

ISBN: 0451524756 (paperback)


The tale of a commonsensical Yankee who is carried back in time to Britain in the Dark Ages, and it celebrates homespun ingenuity and democratic values in contrast to the superstitious ineptitude of a feudal monarchy. Hank Morgan, a mechanic at a gun factory, is knocked unconscious and awakens in England in the year 528. He is captured and taken to Camelot, where he is put on exhibit before the knights of King Arthur's Round Table. He is condemned to death, but remembering having read of an eclipse on the day of his execution, he amazes the court by predicting the eclipse. In an effort to bring democratic principles and mechanical knowledge to the kingdom, he strings telephone wire, starts schools, trains mechanics, and teaches journalism. He and Arthur, in disguise, travel among the miserable common folk, are taken captive and sold as slaves, and only at the last second are rescued by 500 knights on bicycles.


Twist, Clint. Marco Polo : Overland to Medieval China (Beyond the Horizons). Raintree/Steck Vaughn, 1994.

ISBN: 0811472515 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This handsome informational work focuses on explorers whose discoveries altered humankind's thinking and helped to change the course of history. Profusely illustrated with color photographs, maps, and other graphics, the book provides the social and scientific background that made the journey possible and examines the consequences and resultant discoveries. Bib., glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - DK Pockets: Castles


Wilkinson, Philip. DK Pockets: Castles. Dk Pub Merchandise, 1997.

ISBN: 0789420473 (paperback)



Middle Ages - Son of Charlemagne

Willard, Barbara. Son of Charlemagne (Living History Library). Bethlehem Books, 1998.

ISBN: 1883937302 (paperback)




Middle Ages - Age of Knights and Castles


Williams, Brian. The Age of Knights and Castles. World Book, 1996.

ISBN: 0716618079 (paperback)
ISBN: 071661801X (hardcover)


Step back in time to an age when knights battles for honor, nobles lived in castles and art and learning advanced as never before. This journey into medieval times will bring to life one of the most exciting and legend-filled eras in history. Take a revealing look at the famous people, battles and weapons that shaped the world.


Williams, Brian. Forts & Castles (See Through History). Viking, 1994. (Out of print)

From Horn Book

A historical survey is presented in a series of double-page spreads that includes structures from ancient history, the European Renaissance, medieval Japan, and the American Civil War. The text is salient, and the color illustrations are attractive, but most interesting are the four plastic overlays that reveal both exterior and interior views of the fortifications. A chronology is included. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - The Adventures of Robin Hood


Williams, Marcia. The Adventures of Robin Hood. Candlewick Press, 1997.

ISBN: 0763602752 (paperback)
ISBN: 1564025357 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This is an entertaining adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, told and illustrated in Williams's familiar comic-book-style format. The large size of the volume is very attractive, and the book is divided into short episodes filled with robust language, perfect for reading aloud. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Middle Ages - King Arthur and the Knights of the round Table


Williams, Marcia. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Candlewick, 1997.

ISBN: 0763601527 (paperback)

From Kirkus Reviews

Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) continues her popular series of folklore classics in comic-book-style strips with text at the base and dialogue balloons in the pictures. Each spread is a separate mini-chapter on an aspect of the Arthurian legend: One is dedicated to "King Arthur,'' another to "Excalibur", one for "Morgan le Fay" and so on to "Camelot'' and the tournament celebrating Galahad's success. Williams, featuring the knights and other players as well as King Arthur, has selected appropriate versions of the various episodes and kept the text brief and flavorful. Whether such an epic cycle does well in such a domesticated guise is a matter of taste, but it looks destined for success in collections everywhere.-- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Bible and Bestiaries


Wilson, Elizabeth B. Bibles and Bestiaries: A Guide to Illuminated Manuscripts for Young Readers. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1994.

ISBN: 0374306850 (hardcover)

From Booklist

Using examples of illuminated manuscripts from the Pierpont Morgan Library as illustrations, Wilson describes how a book was crafted in the Middle Ages. The discussion ranges from the intricacies of illumination to the inclusion of entertainment stories--such as the King Arthur tales--in the manuscript process. The author also explains how vellum is made from animal skins, lettering styles, and the various kinds of Gospels. Despite Wilson's effort to make her subject understandable to young people and the book's accessible layout, this is a complex topic, and the book will need a persevering reader. On the other hand, everyone can enjoy the magnificent illustrations, which have been chosen for their appeal to young eyes--for instance, the detail of a border featuring a rabbit doctor and his two canine patients on crutches. A beautiful adjunct to studies of the Middle Ages, the volume is as elegant and special as its subject. Ilene Cooper -Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved


Middle Ages - The Battle for the Castle


Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Battle for the Castle. Yearling Books, 1984.

ISBN: 044040942X (paperback)
ISBN: 0823410102 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

In a satisfying sequel to A Castle in the Attic, William receives a magic button that allows him and his best friend to return to his castle and rescue the inhabitants of the tiny kingdom from an army of enormous, destructive rats. The engrossing story combines adventure, villains and heroes, and subtle introspection about the need to be valued. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - The Castle in the Attic


Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic. Yearling, 1986.

ISBN: 0440409411 (paperback)
ISBN: 0823405796 (hardcover)


William has just received the best present of his life. It's an old, authentic wooden model of a castle, with a finger-high knight to guard the gates. It's the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and now it's his! He's certain there's something magical about the castle--and he's about to find out for sure.

IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book.


Midle Ages - The Viking News


Wright, Rachel. Viking News. Candlewick Press, 1998.

ISBN: 076360450X (hardcover)


This innovative nonfiction book presents the history of the Vikings in the accessible and engaging format of a daily newspaper. Included are news stories about key events, fascinating features, informative interviews, and advertisements--everything you would expect from a modern newspaper, and more!


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Middle Ages - Camelot


Yolen, Jane. Camelot. Philomel Books, 1995.

ISBN: 0399225404 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

All myths, folklore, and legends provide matter for retelling, but it is astonishing how fertile a field the King Arthur story is. The tales collected in this book touch on many aspects of the Arthurian legend - the sword in the stone, Merlin's life, and Queen Guinevere, among others. An outstanding inclusion is Anne McCaffrey's tale of the boy Galwyn, gifted at languages and in dealing with horses, who is harshly treated by his uncle, a barge captain. His success at helping Lord Artos find the horses he needs for battles transforms Galwyn's life in the story "Black Horses for a King." A treat for King Arthur fans. Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Dove Isabeau


Yolen, Jane. Dove Isabeau. Voyager Picture Book, 1997.

ISBN: 0152015051 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606112758 (Turtleback)


From Horn Book

Skillfully interweaving motifs from traditional lore into a flowing, rhythmic text, Yolen spins a fine, original tale. The nonstereotypical heroine, Dove Isabeau, is transformed into a fire-breathing, carnivorous dragon by her evil stepmother, but Isabeau's true love is willing to risk all to release her. Handsome watercolor illustrations capture the romantic mood and suggest, through luminous seascapes, the cold northern locale.Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Hobby


Yolen, Jane. Hobby (Young Merlin Trilogy , No 2). Apple, 1998.

ISBN: 0590371185 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152008152 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This second book of the Young Merlin trilogy continues the adventures of Merlin as a boy. When his adopted family dies in a tragic fire, the boy sets out to find a new life. On his journey, he is taken up by a sinister and cruel thief, but escapes to become the apprentice to an apparently kindly traveling magician, Ambrosius, who names him Hobby. He finds Ambrosius's magic deceptions distasteful, however, and realizes that only truth will serve him and his dreams in the future. We find him at the end of the book escaping once more into an unknown future. Slight but winning, this is an enjoyable introduction to Arthurian fantasy. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Merlin


Yolen, Jane. Merlin (Young Merlin Trilogy, Book 3). Apple, 1998.

ISBN: 0590371193 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152008144(hardcover)


Deep in the forest, young Merlin falls into the hands of the wodewose--wild folk who are actually a family of the unwanted. Although he is at home among the clan, the boy must follow his visions and confront the magic that is his destiny.


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Middle Ages - Merlin and the Dragons


Yolen, Jane. Merlin and the Dragons. Puffin, 1998.

ISBN: 0140558918 (paperback)


From Horn Book

When young King Arthur cannot sleep, he searches out the wizard Merlin, his teacher and friend. Merlin tells the boy of a time in his own youth when his dreams foretold the discovery of dragons and the defeat of a king. Expressive oil paintings accompany Yolen's well-written version of one of the Arthurian legends. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Middle Ages - Passenger


Yolen, Jane. Passager (Young Merlin Trilogy , No 1).Apple, 1998.

ISBN: 0590370731 (paperback)
ISBN: 0152003916 (hardcover)


From Horn Book

In this worthy introduction to Arthurian legend for the younger reader, a feral child who has forgotten where he came from and lost his ability to speak is captured and tamed by a kindly falconer, who helps him recover. In a moving conclusion, the boy remembers that his name is Merlin. This first book of a trilogy will have readers awaiting the sequels. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.



Young, Caroline. Castles, Pyramids, and Palaces (Beginner’s Knowledge Series). E D C Publications, 1991.

ISBN: 074600463X (paperback)

This book traces the fascinating story of building, from the first prehistoric huts to the skyscrapers of today. Learn about fortress castles and how these fortifications later turned into magnificent and amazing homes.


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Hart, Avery and Paul Mantell. Knights and Castles: 50 Hands-on Activities to Experience the Middle Ages. Williamson, 1998.

ISBN: 1885593171 (paperback)

From back cover..

Fire up your imagination for a fantastical journey through Europe’s medieval past, where kids become part of a mystical time of castles and kings, cathedrals and conquests! Get to know the people of the Middle Ages, including Charlemagne and King Arthur, Marco Polo and Saint Francis of Assisi, Druids, troubadours, monks, nobles, knights, and peasants, Try on their thoughts and actions, clothes and armor for size. Build a castle with a moveable drawbridge and catapult; keep time with a homemade hourglass; play games like Bocci and Chess; enjoy a messy medieval feast (fingers only, please!)


Huzzah, Laurie M. Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide. Chicago Review Press, 1998.

ISBN: 1556522916 (paperback)

Using the activities in this book--as well as their imaginations and materials that can be found at home--kids can recreate a long-ago world of kings and castles, jousts and jesters, damsels and magic fairies.


McCarthy, Tara. The Middle Ages: Stories, Activities, and Reproducibles to Connect Reading and Writing with Social Studies. Scholastic, 1995.

Milliken, Linda. Medieval Times Activity Book (Hands on Heritage). Edupress, 1995.

ISBN: 1564720497 (paperback)

A teaching resource complete with arts, crafts, cooking projects, and added historical background information. Design your own seals, signets, and coat of arms. Produce a bestiary or illuminated manuscript. Build your own castle and weapons. Cook your own medieval feast. Great hands-on activities are complemented with historical aids in this how to book of the Middle Ages.


Nicholson, Robert. The Vikings (Journey into Civilization). Chelsea Juniors, 1991.


ISBN: 0791027333 (paperback)ISBN: 0791027090 (hardcover)


Pofahl, Jane. Middle Ages: Everyday Life (The Time Traveler Series). T.S. Denison, 1993.


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Pofahl, Jane. Middle Ages: Knights and Castles (The Time Traveler Series). T.S. Denison, 1993.


Pofahl, Jane. Middle Ages: Personalities (The Time Traveler Series). T.S. Denison, 1993.


A Unit About Dragons. Creative Teaching Press


Medieval Times Activity Book. Milliken


Medieval Times. Edgar and Lee Fairy. Fairy-Tale Fun


Castles and Fairy Tales. Stangl.


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Biography: Joan of Arc (1998) VHS

ASIN: 0767014499

Joan of Arc's treatment in A&E's Biography, like that of the others in the "Legendary Women" series, is true to the formula that works so well: lush photography of medieval and later historical images, intelligent and provocative interviews with leading scholars, and just a touch of dramatization to enliven the film and make it accessible to both the adult history buff and the junior high school student.


Biography: King Arthur - His Life and Legends (1995) VHS

ASIN: 6304203128


Castles of Scotland (1998) VHS (3 tapes)

ASIN: 1569382263


The Crusades: October 2, 1187. Zenger Video. 30 minutes


England's Lost Castles VHS

ASIN: B000006QVH


Great Castles of Europe - Complete Set (1994) VHS (3 tapes)

ASIN: 6304880197


Illuminated Lives: A Brief History of Women’s Work in the Middle Ages.

International Film Bureau. 6 minutes.


Macaulay, David. Castle. PBS Video. 58 minutes


Medieval Times: Life in the Middles Ages. Howard Niles. 30 minutes. (Includes guide and worksheets)


Our Musical Heritage - Music of the Middle Ages VHS

ASIN: 6302148634


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Castle Explorer. Dorling Kindersley.

The Herbalist. (Multimedia CD Rom)


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Roger Kamien/Music-An Appreciation, Side 1 (Music from the Middle Ages)

Chant (Angel Records)

Gregorian Chants-The Gregorian Chorale of Eglise Querin

Hildegard Von Bingen: Symphoniae (Deutsche Harmonia Mondi)

On Yoolis Night: Medieval Carols and Motets (Harmonia Mundi France)

The Unicorn (Erato)


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