Growing Up in the Middle Ages

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About the Book

Dangerous and difficult for both mother and child—what was the birth experience like in the Middle Ages? Dependent, in part, on social class, what pastimes did children enjoy? What games did they play? With often uncomfortable and even harsh living conditions, what kind of care did children receive in the home on a daily basis?
These are just a few of the questions this work addresses about the day-to-day childhood experiences during the Middle Ages. Focusing on all social classes of children, the topics are wide-ranging. Chapters cover birth and baptism; early childhood; playing; clothing; care and discipline; formal education; university education; career training for peasants, craftsmen, merchants, clergy and nobility; and coming of age.
In addition, three appendices are included. Appendix I provides information on the humoral theory of medicine. Appendix II offers examples of medieval math problems. Appendix III covers a unique episode in medieval history known as “The Children’s Crusade.”
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

A lecturer on medieval history, Paul B. Newman holds degrees from the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He lives in Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Paul B. Newman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 311
Bibliographic Info: 42 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3084-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0519-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

List of Illustrations      xi

Introduction     1

1. Birth and Baptism      5

2. Caring for Infants and Children      44

3. Play      76

4. Clothing and Dress      99

5. Care and Discipline      104

6. Formal Education      109

7. University Education      135

8. Training for a Career and Earning a Living: Peasants, Craftsmen, and Merchants      169

9. Training for a Career and Earning a Living:

The Clergy and Nobility      203

10. Coming of Age      241

Appendices      285

Bibliography      289

Index      293

Book Reviews

“engaging…comprehensive…excellent…informative…recommended”—Choice; “recommended”—AJL Newsletter.