Nurture and Neglect: Childhood in Sixteenth-Century Northern England

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Abstract

Nurture and Neglect: Childhood in Sixteenth-Century Northern England addresses a number of anomalies in the existing historiography surrounding the experience of children in urban and rural communities in sixteenth-century northern England. In contrast to much recent scholarship that has focused on affective parent-child relationships, this study directly engages with the question of what sixteenth-century society actually constituted as nurture and neglect by focusing on child marriage, education, apprenticeship and parental deprivation. Whilst many modern historians consider affection and love essential for nurture, contemporary ideas of good nurture were consistently framed in terms designed to instil obedience and deference to authority in the child, with the best environment in which to do this being the authoritative, patriarchal household.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)9781315535692
ISBN (Print)9781472470188
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2017. 254 p.

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