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Parents of Poor Children in England 1580-1800



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Parents of Poor Children in England 1580-1800 by Patricia Crawford

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The first sustained study of the mothers and fathers of poor children in the England of the early modern and early industrial period. Drawing upon a wide range of archival material, including quarter session records, petitions for assistance, applications for places in the London Foundling Hospital, and evidence from criminal trials in London's Old Bailey, the book illuminates the challenges of parenting at this time from the perspective of poor mothers and fathers themselves - a task until now not fully addressed by social historians.

Author Biography

Patricia Crawford taught history at the University of Western Australia. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is the author of a number of books on early modern England, including (with Sara Mendelson) Women in Early Modern England, also published by Oxford University Press.
Release date NZ
January 14th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
23 black and white halftones
Oxford University Press
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