Childhood in Elizabethan and Stuart England

The lives of children in Stuart England were much different, in some ways unfathomably different, than the lives of children today. Children, like those who might have grown up within the walls of Agecroft Hall, would have essentially been the extended property of their parents. There would have been an expectation for children to refer to their parents as ‘sir’ or ‘madam’ when given the rare opportunity to speak directly to either. The English words ‘mom’ and ‘mama’ may not have even been used until around the 17th or 18th centuries, and even then it would have been considered classless to do so. This indicates a higher level of deference given to adult family members than we are familiar w

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