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Childhood, Orphans and Underage Heirs in Medieval Rural England

Growing up in the Village

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Miriam Müller
    Pages 1-32
  3. Miriam Müller
    Pages 33-77
  4. Miriam Müller
    Pages 79-117
  5. Miriam Müller
    Pages 119-155
  6. Miriam Müller
    Pages 157-196
  7. Miriam Müller
    Pages 197-205
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book

Introduction

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.   

Keywords

adolescence peasantry rural childhood history of childhood manorial records Black Death Manor Court Villein Disability Famine Apprenticeship Age of Majority

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Childhood, Orphans and Underage Heirs in Medieval Rural England
  • Book Subtitle Growing up in the Village
  • Authors Miriam Müller
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03602-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03601-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03602-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 213
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Medieval Europe
    Childhood, Adolescence and Society
    Social History
    Cultural History
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