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Author Müller, Miriam, author
Title Childhood, orphans and underage heirs in medieval rural England : growing up in the village / Miriam Müller
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HQ792.G7 M958 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001330752
Descript xii, 213 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Palgrave studies in the history of childhood
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- Vulnerable members of the community -- Inheritance, rights and goods -- Looking after underaged heirs -- Plotting out a living -- Conclusion
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--back cover
Subject Orphans -- England -- History -- To 1500
Orphans -- England -- Social conditions
Rural children -- England -- History -- To 1500
Rural children -- England -- Social conditions
Guardian and ward -- England -- History -- To 1500
Great Britain -- Social conditions
Great Britain -- History -- Medieval period, 1066-1485
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