Education and Learning

  • Chris Cook
  • John Wroughton
Part of the Palgrave Historical and Political Facts book series (PHPF)


At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the majority of boys would, if lucky, receive their rudimentary education in elementary or dame schools. Run often by a poor woman from the village, these schools offered, in return for a small weekly charge, no more than reading, some writing and the learning of Scripture. There was clearly no obligation to attend and certainly no opportunity for pauper children whose parents could not afford the fee.


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  • John Wroughton

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