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Growing Up in Medieval London the Experience of Childhood in History

by Barbara A. Hanawalt

  • ISBN: 9780195093841
  • ISBN10: 0195093844

Growing Up in Medieval London the Experience of Childhood in History

by Barbara A. Hanawalt

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780195093841
  • ISBN10: 0195093844
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Description: Bringing together a wealth of evidence drawn from court records, literary sources, and books of advice, Barbara Hanawalt weaves a rich tapestry of the lives of the common children of medieval London during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Much of what she finds is eye opening. She shows for example that contrary to the belief of some historians medieval adults recognized and paid close attention to the various stages of childhood and adolescence. For instance, wardship cases reveal that London laws granted orphans greater protection than do our own contemporary courts. And with her innovative narrative style, Hanawalt brings medieval childhood to life, creating composite profiles based on the experiences of real children, such as Alison the Bastard Heiress, whose guardians married her off to their apprentice in order to gain control of her inheritance.Ranging from birth and baptism to apprenticeship and adulthood, here is a myth-shattering, innovative work that illuminates the nature of childhood in the Middle Ages.
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