Journals Higher Education

Parents of Poor Children in England, 1580-1800

Patricia Crawford

  • The first in-depth study of the parenting of poor children in England, from the late sixteenth century to the dawn of the industrial age
  • Looks at what they were trying to achieve and what support they received from the wider society, especially from the welfare system
  • Uses a wide range of archival material, from quarter sessions to Old Bailey trial records, to illuminate the experience of a group who have left little in the way of more conventional literary testimony