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Growing Up in the Thirteenth Century is a history book, written by Alfred Duggan and illustrated by C. Walter Hodges. It was later published as Growing Up in 13th Century England, and is now better known by that name.

Taking the 1270s as typical of the century, the author gives a realistic and detailed description of the everyday life of children in five English families of different social classes: that of an earl, a knight, a peasant, a London merchant, and a craftsman in an East Anglian town. There are three children in each family, two boys of 14 and 10, and a girl aged 12. In the book, the author gives a description of a day in their lives, the children's schooling, the different prospects for the elder and younger sons, and what kind of marriage the girls may expect.

Reader's Reviews


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it really fascinating, and I thought the author did a really good job of making it come to life for the reader. It really gave me a good picture of 13th century life. My only criticism would be that I found all the children having exactly the same names slightly confusing. Excellent, and highly recommended if you are interested in history! It is almost certainly out of print now, but you can download it (or read it online) by clicking here.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 12+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 11+


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