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    Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

    ISBN-10: 0763650943
    ISBN-13: 9780763650940
    Author(s): Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd
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    Publisher: Candlewick Press
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 96
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
    Weight: 0.506
    Language: English

    Nelly The Sniggler
    I was born lucky. Nay, not born lucky, as you shall hear - but lucky soon after and ever after. My father and mother were starving poor, and dreaded another mouth to feed. When my father saw I was a girl-child, he took me up to drown in a bucket of water.
    But here's the lucky part - and 'tis pure sooth. I didn't drown, babe though I was. I took hold with my wee fingers and held to the side of the bucket (1). And my mother wept, and my father's heart went soft, and he could no more drown me than himself-and they named me Nelly, for Queen Eleanor (2).
    And their luck changed. First my uncle died of the scurvy and we got his pigs. Then the nuns at the abbey hired us to catch eels - and we've been sniggling ever since (3).
    Do you see these eels? Fresher than the day they were born - and fat as priests. I know where their burrows are, and I know what they like for bait. And as for frogs - I've been catching frogs since I was two years old; there's not a frog in Christendom jumps fast enough to get away from me - and I can swim as fast as any boy - and better than Drogo, the tanner!
    Do you know Drogo, the tanner's apprentice? I can't point him out to you, because he'd see me. He's always staring at me. Many's the time I've seen him peel off his hose to show me his legs - as if every frog I've ever put into a pie didn't have better legs than his!
    We had a brawl last summer. I said 'twas the fault of the tanners that the river stank, and he said 'twas the fishmongers. Which is pure folly: 'tis surely God's will that fish should rot in the water, but the beasts should rot on the land. I put out my tongue, and by Saint Peter (4), he pushed me right off the wharf into the water. And then, poor fool, he thought I would drown - I, who couldn't drown when I was three hours old! He splashed in after me, and I dove down deep and grabbed his foot - and I ducked him three times, and serve him right. Only then I had to drag him out of the water - because it turns out, he can't swim! So I suppose you could say I saved his life.
    He's never forgotten it. He watches me all the time - and shows off his legs. But I don't speak to him; I want nothing to do with him and his legs. I pretend I don't even know his name - and every day I walk past the tannery, just so he can see me not looking his way.
    Newborn babies have strong fngers and an instinct to hold on. The story about a baby catching hold of the bucket in which her father meant to drown her is true. The original plucky newborn was a woman named Liafburga, who lived around 700 a.d. (G.G. Coulton, The Medieval Village)
    Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) was a legend in her own time.
    A sniggler is a person who catches eels by dangling bait into their holes in the riverbank. Frogs and eels were desirable sources of protein during the Middle Ages.
    Saint Peter was the patron saint of fishermen.
    Drogo, The Tanner's Apprentice
    I don't mind the stink- I grew up with it, being the son of a butcher. Dead things stink; that's the will of God, and tanners (1) make good money.
    I don't mind the work- digging the pits grinding the oak bark smearing the hides with dung. Work is work. I like bread in my belly and ale in my cup.
    I do mind the jeering of Nelly the sniggler- her tongue could scrape the hair off a hide! And I mind the townsmen nattering on, saying we foul the waters (2). By Saint Bartholomew (3), think'st thou a man can make leather without filth? Alum, lime, oak galls, urine, ashes, tallow, and stale beer- these are the tools of my trade.
    Would you warm your hands in leather gloves? Saddle or bridle your horse? Do you dance to the sound of the bagpipes, or lace up the cords of your armor? What about the bellows, heating the forge? It's leather - stinking leather!
    Do you want good shoes or don't you?
    So be it. Now, let me get on with my scraper and dung. You hold your nostrils - and hold your tongue.
    A tanner is someone who cures animal hides to make leather.
    Polluted waters are not just a contemporary problem. Almost everything that tanners used was poisonous. People like fishermen and brewers, who needed the rivers to be clean, were always at war with the tanners.
    Saint Bartholomew, who was skinned to death, was the patron saint of tanners. The logic of this is macabre, but not unique. Saint Sebastian, who was shot full of arrows, is the patron saint of archers; Saint Laurence, who was roasted alive, is the patron saint of cooks. We won't even talk about what happened to Saint Erasmus - it's too disgusting.
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    Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrations by Robert Byrd. Text copyright (c) 2007 by Laura Amy Schlitz. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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