The Middle Ages is a common topic of study in U.S. schools. Teachers regularly assign supplemental material, including books and websites, to enhance their students' understanding of the literature or history lessons found in textbooks, and they look to librarians for help in finding material. This comprehensive, practical guide to literature about this time period summarizes and evaluates material about the medieval period written for children and teenagers, including picture books, novels, nonfiction, and reference books. Focusing on Western Europe in the years 500 - 1500, this resource is conveniently organized around geographical locations, subjects, and time periods. Each section begins with a brief description of the historical period or group of people. A subject index gives further help to readers looking for particular topics. Works about the Middle Ages are described and evaluated in terms of content, age level, and accuracy. K - 12 teachers and public and school librarians will benefit from this work that will guide them to good books for the students they serve. They will also appreciate the sections of the book that describe professional resources, including books, articles, websites, and classroom activities.
Rebecca Barnhouse teaches literature and writing courses at Youngstown State University, Ohio, where she is involved in outreach programs in the local public schools. She editsThe LYRE Review, an online review journal written for and by young readers.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Chapter 1: Informational Books Chapter 4 Overviews Chapter 5 Daily Life Chapter 6 Knights and Chivalry Chapter 7 Castles Chapter 8 Art and Architecture Chapter 9 Christianity and Monasticism Chapter 10 Plague Part 11 Chapter 2: Reference Works Part 12 Chapter 3: Continental Europe: 500-1100 Part 13 Chapter 4: The Vikings Part 14 Chapter 5: British Isles, 500-1066 Chapter 15 Ireland Chapter 16 Anglo-Saxon England Part 17 Chapter 6: British Isles, 1066-1500 Part 18 Chapter 7: Robin Hood Part 19 Chapter 8: Continental Europe, 1100-1500 Part 20 Chapter 9: The Crusades Part 21 Chapter 10: Joan of Arc Part 22 Chapter 11: Beyond Western Europe Part 23 Chapter 12: Medieval Legends and Folklore Part 24 Chapter 13: Arthurian Legend Part 25 Chapter 14: Professional Resources for Educators Part 26 Chapter 15: Classroom Activities Part 27 Appendix: Not the Middle Ages Part 28 Index Part 29 About the Author