Growing up in peasant societies in medieval England was complex, both socially and economically. Müller demonstrates the need to acknowledge the active role children and young people played in their communities. Through their agency young people helped to shape the character of village societies with the guidance of the adults in their lives. Peasant children were not without a voice, but they were also not seen like little adults, yet they were integral to their manorial communities. As such Müller calls for historians to look actively for the traces of childhood in rural communities.
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