Thu, May 09 | Agecroft Hall & Gardens

“Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms": Exploring infancy in Shakespeare’s England

In one of the most famous speeches from Shakespeare’s plays, the character Jaques in As You Like It poignantly contemplates the human lifecycle, likening it to a play, in which the “acts” are divided into “seven ages” (2.7.143).
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“Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms": Exploring infancy in Shakespeare’s England

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May 09, 2019, 7:00 PM
Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA, USA

About The Event

In one of the most famous speeches from Shakespeare’s plays, the character Jaques in As You Like It poignantly contemplates the human lifecycle, likening it to a play, in which the “acts” are divided into “seven ages” (2.7.143). This talk will focus on everyday objects related to the first of those “ages” - infancy. We will explore how these items, including extant examples from Agecroft’s collection, aided parents as they raised, protected, entertained, and taught their children in early modern English households. In examining these objects, we’ll discover that many are not that different to ones used today, while others reveal how parenting tactics have changed over the years! This lecture is hosted by - Dr. Elizabeth Sharrett, Visiting Assistant Professor at Lynchburg College and PhD. From The Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham), Stratford-Upon Avon, UK

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