Childhood in Anglo-Saxon England
Never has the term Dark Ages been more relevant than to the study of the early medieval child. Although there is now detailed information on Roman and late medieval families, childhood in the Anglo-Saxon child is presented in this study of the archaeological evidence such as excavated cemeteries and settlement sites, as well as the more limited documentary sources.
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Age Thresholds and Rites of Passage
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adolescence adult adulthood Alfred's Anglo Anglo-Saxon cemeteries Anglo-Saxon childhood Anglo-Saxon England Anglo-Saxon period Anglo-Saxon society archaeological evidence archaeological record argued artefacts Asser baby baptism Bede behaviour Beowulf Berinsfield birth Bishop boys British Library brooches burial ritual buried century Chapter child Christian Church cild cnapa cniht Cockayne Colgrave concept cremation Cuthbert daughter death died documentary sources earlier Anglo-Saxon early Elfric emphasise Empingham Ethelstan example excavated father female Finglesham fosterage fostered girls given god-parents grave Guthlac hagiographer Harley Psalter household Ibid included indicate infant burials inhumation interpretation John of Beverley juveniles Kent King Alfred kinship knives Lapidge late Anglo-Saxon later lawcodes Lechlade Lives male marriage married medieval modern monastery monastic monk mortality mother oblation Old English pagan parents pregnancy Raunds recognised remedies saints Saxon settlement social spears status suggested surviving translated Venezky and Healey warrior weapons wergild West Stow woman women young youth