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Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed

Galloway, Priscilla (Book - 2003)
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A fascinating guide to strange-but-true jobs. If you could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what do you think you would be? A bold knight? A Princess? A Cardinal? In reality, most people did jobs we can barely imagine today. Barbers cut off beards...and sickly limbs; illuminators painstakingly decorated books with gold and silver for their rich lords; gong farmers cleaned out latrines and sorted through the excrement for dropped treasure, like pennies or buttons! This fascinating and original guide presents 100 careers, described with historical accuracy and the author's renowned wit. Sidebars expound on intriguing elements of medieval life, including the Bayeux Tapestry, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales , medieval cosmetics, and torture techniques! This book is richly detailed with humorous illustrations that invite exploration and discovery. Key Features Unique look at life in the Middle Ages Introduction, timeline, additional resources provide added value
Authors: Galloway, Priscilla, 1930-
Title: Archers, alchemists, and 98 other medieval jobs you might have loved or loathed
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, 2003
Characteristics: 96 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Priscilla Galloway ; art by Martha Newbigging
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Introduction
What happened when?
How many people lived there?
How was life different then?
Everybody in their place: Nobles
Clergy
Specialists
Peasants
Oath of homage and fealty
Women in the Middle Ages
Never an idle moment
Choosing a medieval career
Bread and butter jobs: Peasant
Serf
Yeoman
Housewife
Butcher
Beggar
Brewer; Brewster
Miller
Baker
Guilds
Spinster; Spinner
Weaver; Webster
Walker or Fuller
Cordwainer (Shoemaker)
Cobbler
Blacksmith
Chandler
Salter or Drysalter
Fishmonger
Religious jobs: Pope
Cardinal
Bishop
Abbot; Abbess
Friar
Parson
Monk, Nun
Chaplain
Fighting clerics
Castle jobs: Page
Squire
Knight
Herald
Armorer
Noblewoman
Princess
Bailiff
Constable; Marshal
Falconer
Archer
Jester or Fool
Chamberlain
Almoner
Butler
Domestic servants
Cook; Pastry chef
Wonder workers' jobs: Inventor
Artificer
Architect
Stonemason
Engineer
Goldsmith
Copyist (Scribe)
Bookbinder
Parchment and ink seller
Life and death jobs: Barber; Barber-surgeon
Surgeon
Doctor
Apothecary
Healer; Midwife
Caregiver for lepers
Sit-down jobs: Schoolmaster; Teacher
Philosopher
Polymath
Alchemist
Clerk
Astrologer
Author, nonfiction
Artistic jobs: Stained-glass artist
Painter
Embroiderer
Wood-carver
Sculptor
Playwright
Player (Actor)
Illuminator
Poet; Literary Author
Dirty jobs: Street cleaner
Gong farmer
Bathhouse attendant
Miner
Pardoner
Witch hunter
Law and order jobs: Lawyer
Provost
Summoner
Headsman; Hangman
Torturer
Money changer
Sheriff
Bandit
Enforcer of the laws against rich clothes
Traveling jobs: Messenger
Minstrel; Jongleur
Troubadour
Town crier
Innkeeper
Pilgrim
Carter (Carrier)
Traveling merchant
Importer; Exporter
Explorer
Additional Contributors: Newbigging, Martha
ISBN: 1550378112
1550378104
Branch Call Number: j 909.07 G174a 2003
Subject Headings: Occupations History To 1500 Juvenile literature Civilization, Medieval Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Occupations
Civilization, Medieval
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A fascinating guide to strange-but-true jobs. If you could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what do you think you would be? A bold knight? A Princess? A Cardinal? In reality, most people did jobs we can barely imagine today.


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