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Parents of Poor Children in England 1580-1800

Patricia Crawford


This book studies the mothers and fathers of poor children in the England of the early modern and early industrial period. Although we know a good deal about the family life of monarchs in this period, much less is known about what life was like for poor single mothers, or for ordinary people who were trying to bring up their children. What were poor mothers and fathers trying to achieve, and what support did they have from their society, especially from the welfare system? This book attempts to answer these important questions, in order to illuminate the experience of parenting at this time f ... More

Keywords: poverty, welfare system, quarter session, London Foundling Hospital, family, fatherhood, motherhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Crawford, author
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia
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