Tudor Children


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Yale University Press
Publish Date
6.1 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 2.16 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history at Exeter University. He has written more than thirty books on the religious and social history of England, including Medieval Children, The History of England's Cathedrals, and Going to Church in Medieval England, which was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize.


"Tudor Children is social history at its best. . . . By connecting with our own history as children, Orme invites us to embrace a new way of engaging with the past."--Joanne Paul, Times (UK)

"Lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced by Yale for a non-specialist audience, it was the product of 50 years' research, drawing on Orme's many earlier books."--Ian Sansom, The Telegraph

"As Nicholas Orme shows in this elegant and hugely enjoyable book, once Tudor youngsters stepped out of the frame and into real life, they could be as cheeky and inappropriate as their modern counterparts."--Kathryn Hughes, Sunday Times

"An endlessly fascinating and impeccably researched exploration of what it was like for children of all ages and backgrounds to grow up in sixteenth century England. This brilliant book provides the missing piece of the Tudor jigsaw."--Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors

"Lavishly illustrated, this book is a joy to dip into or fully read. Professor Orme draws on a wide range of written and visual sources to give us vivid and varied descriptions of children's lives from their birth to early deaths or adulthood."--Susan Doran, author of Elizabeth I and Her Circle

"This book offers the first modern compendium, from a wide range of primary sources and scholarly literature, of sixteenth-century English childhood. Delightfully illustrated and written in very readable style, the book gives a vivid sense of children's experience. It shows that we gain a much richer understanding of Tudor society if we include its children."--Glenn Richardson, author of The Field of Cloth of Gold

"Wonderfully compelling, Nicholas Orme provides the first comprehensive account of Tudor childhood. Tudor Children is filled with fascinating examples from all levels of society and disproves, once and for all, any notion that childhood did not exist in the sixteenth century."--Elizabeth Norton, author of The Lives of Tudor Women

"A fascinating, detailed insight into Tudor childhood, full of pathos. Glimpsed at play and prayer, among family and avoiding peril, these children's lives speak vibrantly across the years. Orme's extensive research brings their distant lives closer in a rich and fulfilling study."--Amy Licence, author of Anne Boleyn