Lesson 1 (from Section 1, pg 7 - 17)
Robin’s story of his parents’ departure at the beginning of the story is the opening for his troubles, as he is left in the care of servants who soon disappear due to plague. The leaving of a young boy in the care of others was not uncommon during the Middle Ages. This lesson will focus on examining Robin’s relationship with his parents, and their role in raising the young man.
Class Discussion: Where are Robin’s parents at the beginning of the novel? What does the author say about the common practice of placing the son in the care of other families? How do you think this affected Robin’s outlook when he was stricken with a debilitating illness? Do you think parents during this time were “parents” in the modern sense of the word? Why or why not?
Activity: Divide the class...
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