Finding Childhood in Medieval Europe

Archaeology and Art

Portrait of seated girl with light skin. She wears a black cap covering her hair and strapped under the chin, three necklaces, and a gown of fur and velvet.
Portrait of a Young Girl c. 1470 Oak, 29 x 23 cm. Courtesy Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

Demographics and Written Sources

Parchment with brown script in three paragraphs.
The start of the verso side of the very first surviving coroners’roll. The National Archives, JUST 2/1, verso.

Grave Goods

Young girl wearing green robe over white shirt, with golden earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. She has blonde hair and light skin.
Reimagining of what one of the buried children in Frankfurt looked like. Courtesy Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt.

Summarizing Medieval European Childhood

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Tiffany holds a Master of Arts in Public History, specializing in interpreting girls’ and women’s history for museum, historic sites, and heritage venues.

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