Middle Ages and Renaissance ChildrenChildren and the Family in the Middle Ages
Essays in Medieval Studies - includes Narratives of a Nurturing Culture, Chaucer's Missing Children, My Family First, Maternal Influence, The Good Upbringing, and more.
An account of Stephen and Nicholas, a French boy and a German boy, each gathering together an army of children in an attempt to conquer the Holy Land.
A little boy is dressed in skirts, pretty much like his sisters, until the age of six or seven, when he gets his first pair of breeches or breech hose. This event, called breeching, is celebrated with a party...
Perhaps no other period of history has more misconceptions associated with it than the Middle Ages. The history of childhood is also full of misconceptions. Recent scholarship has illuminated the lives of medieval children as never before, dispelling many of these misconceptions and replacing them with verifiable facts about life for the medieval child.
This paper will focus on toys in pre-1600 western Europe. At times, it will touch on pre-cursors from Greece, Rome, and even Egypt, or toys from non-western cultures of the medieval time period. In order to keep the subject to a manageable size, only children's toys will be discussed.