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Published: 11 April 2019

384 Pages | 20 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198758488

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Cundill History Prize

Orphans of Empire

The Fate of London's Foundlings

Helen Berry

  • The fascinating story of the children who survived life in London's Foundling Hospital
  • A unique 'bottom up' view of Britain during a moment of monumental transformation and pursuit of empire, including: the Battle of Trafalgar; the growth of London; and the rise of factory employment
  • Includes first hand accounts by former foundling children, to reveal the suffering and small triumphs they experienced during a period of great social upheaval
  • A new perspective on the history of charities in supplying child workers during the Industrial Revolution, including the changing ideas of the era on how to best tackle poverty