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BC: Works Cited Macdonald, Fiona, and Adam Hook. Town Life. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2005. Print. Markham, Lois. Middle Ages. New York: Kids Discovery, 2011. Print. "Middle Ages Religion." Middle-ages.org.uk. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . Sancha, Shelia. The Lutterell Village. London: William Collins Sons &, 1982. Print. Schlitz, Laura Amy., and Robert Byrd. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2007. Print.

FC: Medieval Towns and Cities for Everyday Dummies | Written By Emily DeCresci and Kelsey Ackerman

1: We dedicate this book to Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Santa's elves. | JOLLY PUBLISHERS

2: People | People came to town usually had a reason. For example some people were farmers that lost land, homeless families, abandoned wives , poor widows, orphaned children, or injured soldiers.

3: Occupations | There were many jobs in a medieval town and cities. Most people were craftsmen. A craftsman made things for the townspeople. You could usually tell what a craftsman's profession was by their last name.

4: Many townspeople were guild members. The guild helped their members and towns and helped support sick members. The guild master often chose the town official. To become a guild member you usually had to pay a fee to enter and probably had to prove your efficiency. To be a full member of the guild you had to be a man, but if your if you were a widow you could carry on your husband's job.

5: There were three steps of being a guild member. First, you became an apprentice, you started this as a child. Then, at the age of twenty or so you became a journeyman. The last step was if you were capable of high quality work, to become a master.

6: Homes and Buildings | The whole town was surrounded by tall walls to keep out invaders and unwanted guests. | The streets and roads throughout the towns and cities were very narrow.

7: Many peasants had small, tall homes and small amounts of land. | Their homes were made of wood, stone, mud, and straw. There was only one room in the house and the entire family had to sleep, eat, and work in the same room. Also, most animals lived inside the house.

8: Wealthy merchants had nice homes made of stone or brick. They usually had a lot of land for farming and livestock. The property was usually surrounded by tall walls. The townspeople usually went inside the walls when the town was being invaded.

10: Churches | Churches in the towns were used for many things. They had religious meetings at the church. They also had sermons and town meetings in churches. They also had trade markets inside of the church.

11: The church was often used when a whole town had a disease. They kept everyone in the church and doctors treated everyone the best he could. Also, peasants worked for free on the church land.

12: Dear Diary, I am so sad; my husband just died and I have two kids to take care of. Today I went to the guild headquarters, which was located in the middle of town. The master told me that I could carry on my husband's job. I am starting work tomorrow. I will be a candle maker the rest of my life for now on. I live in a little house. The walls are made of mud and the roof is made of straw. We are very poor; I hope I can make enough to provide food for my kids. Well, I have to go put the kids to sleep. Wish me luck tomorrow!

13: Dear Diary, I am an 11 year old girl. I live a good life. I live with my mother and father, my four brothers and my older sister. I am the youngest child in the family. We live in a nice big home. My parents provide good food for us. We are probably the richest family in all of the town. I say this because my father and brothers have a successful trading business. They trade all types of goods including pottery and dishes, food, stained glass, animals, wines, spices, and so much more. While my brothers and father are working and traveling, my mother and I tend to the livestock at our home. We also clean the house and the barn, We also prepare dinner so it is ready when my father and brothers get home.

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