Sunday, March 23, 2014
Teenagers in Medieval Europe
According to this interesting story in BBC News Magazine,"many parents of all classes sent their children away from home to work as servants or apprentices - only a small minority went into the church or to university."
Why did the system develop? Historians think that the poor bound over their children for economic reasons. Some might have sent their children away because they were unruly.
The children had to behave. They signed a contract saying they would. "Many adolescents were contractually obliged to behave," notes the BBC.
This might be worth giving to my freshmen as an extra-credit project. Which teenagers had a better life?
Thanks to David Walp (@davidwalp) for tweeting the link.
Posted by George Coe at 9:10 PM