The Medieval Child

Childbirth, Childhood and Adolescence in the Middle Ages

What do you really know about medieval children?

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.

In this multi-part feature, we explore various facets of medieval childhood, from childbirth through the teen years. We'll see that, though the world they lived in was very different, medieval children were in some ways very like the children of today.

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Guide's Note: This series originally debuted in October of 2000 and was updated in May of 2009.