S: The Peasant and the Princess by Katie Bacher
BC: About the Author Katie Bacher is a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School. Her favorite sport is soccer. Her favorite subjects in school are math and science. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, painting, reading, and singing.
FC: By Katie Bacher | Peasant Diaries
1: Peasant Diaries Katie Bacher Eyer Middle School 4/12/2011
3: This book is dedicated to my loving and caring parents. They are always supportive and always there for me. | Dedication
4: 9/14/906 Sweat trickles down my back as I work. My name is Henry, and I live the hard life of a peasant farmer. As I harvest the wheat, I notice a letter caught in the bushes. I pick up the paper to examine it. It is an official letter from the castle but it has no recipient name. My mother somehow had learned to read and write, and she had taught me. I open the letter and begin to read.
5: Dear Good Fellow, I have been locked in the highest tower of the castle by my father. He will not let me free until someone rescues me. He could not decide on who I could marry so he said that only a man brave enough to rescue me could be suitable enough to marry me. Please help! Sincerely, The Princess
6: 9/14/906 I feel sorry for the princess. She is locked up in a tower by her own father! I decide to save the unfortunate princess. I think it would be best to leave when the sun begins to set. I grab a few supplies from my hut before I leave. I take a rope and a small shovel. I also take some dark bread and berries. Peasant food is easily grown and very basic. I wrap my things in a piece of cloth to make them easier to carry. When the sun is low in the sky, I set out towards the castle.
7: 9/15/906 The journey is rough. The castle sits on top of a hill and the climb is treacherous. There is a dense forest that surrounds the castle.
8: 9/16/906 Finally I reach the top of the mountain and walk to the moat of the castle. Moats are a defensive structure to protect castles from assaults. They are a difficult barrier for men and horses because they are too deep to wade through. Some can be up to 30 feet deep and 12 feet wide.
9: 9/16/906 I could try to go across the drawbridge but that is risky because the drawbridge is heavily guarded. I am not the best swimmer and who knows what is in that water. None of my tools will help me float on water but I know wood will float! I walk back into the forest to gather some good sized logs. I pull the rope out of of my sack and begin to tie the wood together to form a raft. I heave the raft into the water and paddle across the moat.
10: 9/16/906 Once I cross the moat, I walk up to the castle wall. It is a large structure. The wall is about 12 feet high to make it difficult to climb. It is about 8 feet thick to protect against a battering ram. The wall is made out of stone so I cannot burn a hole in it. I can try to go under the wall and dig all way through to the other side of the wall. It might take awhile but it seems like the best option.
11: 9/16/906 Digging the tunnel is tough. The tunnel is cramped and I have to dig in a tight space. After awhile the shovel rubbing against my hands gives me blisters. It is a huge relieve when I finally reach the other side. The sun will be up soon so I must hurry to find the princess if I do not want to be seen.
12: 9/17/906 I find the highest tower and see a small window up at the top. That must be where she is kept. The only problem is I do not know how to get up to her. None of my tools are useful for climbing. I look around and then exclaim to myself, "That's it!" I was stupid for not realizing it before! There are vines climbing up the stone tower. I quickly and quietly race over to the vines, grab on to one, and begin to climb. At last I reach the princess's window and I knock. I see a light flare up inside. The princess opens the window with a smile and lets me in.
13: 9/17/906 We talk for the rest of the night and decide to be married as soon as possible. In the morning, the princess's father, the king, comes to check on her. We tell him of our plans and he agrees! We are wed by sunset. The king orders a giant feast to celebrate the special occasion, and we invite the entire kingdom.
14: 9/17/906 The menu includes roast boar, peacock, quail, goose, venison, and many more meats. The meats are covered in rich sauces, onions, garlic, herbs, peas, and beans. There are also dates and fresh fruits. As a peasant, I had never eaten most of these foods before but everything is delicious! Several hours of singing and dancing follow the feast. There also are jugglers and acrobats to entertain people. This is the happiest day of my life because all of my hard work paid off and now it is time to party!
15: The princess and I live happily ever after! THE END!
16: Bibliography Biesty, Stephen, and Richard Platt. Castle. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1994. Print. "Life in a Medieval Castle." The Castles of Wales. Web. 20 Apr. 2011.