Tagged: children

The Murderous Midwife 0

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: English Midwives in the late 17th Century

Midwives posed a serious problem in seventeenth-century England. Excluded from formal medical training, these women were largely lower-class and self-taught, working from experience rather than theory. According to the elite doctors of the 1690s, this made them a threat: their ignorance and negligence endangered the women they delivered, and their...


Think of the Children: Issues with writing about childhood

‘I believe that I did not have a bad childhood,’ Hans F. asserts in his unpublished memoir[1]. This blanket statement has more questions in it than answers. The history of childhood is currently a growing body of research–there are networks for childhood studies all over the UK and many researchers...