Childhood, orphans and underage heirs in medieval rural England : growing up in the village / Miriam Müller.
- Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan,  , ©2019
- Palgrave studies in the history of childhood.
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
xii, 213 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
- 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.
Guardian and ward.
Rural children -- Social conditions.
- 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.
Vulnerable members of the community
Inheritance, rights and goods
Looking after underaged heirs
Plotting out a living
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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