Sunday, November 27, 2022

Question from Don - Treatment of children in Tudor times

I was wondering, how were kids treated in Tudor times? (Hopefully this kind of question hasn’t already been asked). We all know women were regarded/treated like only second-class citizens, so, unfortunately, it should make sense that a child would be treated no better. However, did it also depend on the kid’s social status/gender? Like, were the boy children treated slightly better than the girl children, or were the young/little boys also expected to only “be seen, but not heard”?

(Note from Lara - I think there are pieces of an answer to this scattered through other posts, but I thought I would go ahead and post it so there would be a centralized place for the topic.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Question from anonymous - Last names of bastard children not acknowledged by the father

If a woman gave birth to a child outside of marriage, and the father did not recognise them, would she pass her own surname to the child? Or was there some sort of last name for "bastards"?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Question from anonymous - Baynard's Castle in Henry VIII's reign

Are there any record of what Baynard Castle looked from the inside under Henry VIII's reign? Also, although he gifted it to Katherine of Aragaon upon their wedding, would he sometimes stay there with his court? (Note - I believe the submitter is referring to Baynard's Castle in London not Baynard Castle in Yorkshire, but they can chime in to correct me if I'm mistaken.)

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Question from anonymous - Forms of address for non-titled people

Conversationally, back then, how would one address someone that had no title? Could not be "my Lady" or "my Lord / Sir", so what would it be?