Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood

Childhood, Orphans and Underage Heirs in Medieval Rural England

Growing up in the Village

Authors: Müller, Miriam

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  • Provides the first substantial and detailed study of growing up in the medieval English village
  • Explores not only the lives of young people in medieval rural society, but also the attitudes of adult peasants to their offspring
  • Employs an interdisciplinary research perspective, utilising manorial records and archaeological sources
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This book explores the experience of childhood and adolescence in later medieval English rural society from 1250 to 1450. Hit by major catastrophes – the Great Famine and then a few decades later the Black Death – this book examines how rural society coped with children left orphaned, and land inherited by children and adolescents considered too young to run their holdings. Using manorial court rolls, accounts and other documents, Miriam Müller looks at the guardians who looked after the children, and the chattels and lands the children brought with them. This book considers not just rural concepts of childhood, and the training and schooling young peasants received, but also the nature of supportive kinship networks, family structures and the roles of lordship, to offer insights into the experience of childhood and adolescence in medieval villages more broadly.   

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Miriam Müller is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has published widely on various aspects of medieval social and economic history, especially the English peasantry, popular protest and gender.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Childhood, Orphans and Underage Heirs in Medieval Rural England
Book Subtitle
Growing up in the Village
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03602-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03602-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03601-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 213
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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