A Girl in Renaissance Europe

Girls during the Renaissance were very much like Medieval girls. Girls of the lower classes typically possessed two outfits and one pair of shoes. She might, if fortunate, have a few toys or dolls, likely handed down from older siblings or her parents. She would share...

A Girl in the English Civil War

The English Civil War (1642-1651) was one of the most important conflicts in English history. Although it devastated the country, it also established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent. It was the first step in a long...

A Girl in Ancient Rome

Compared to later historical periods, girls in Ancient Rome had considerable freedoms. Girls spent the first six to seven years of their lives being cared for by a wet nurse, though they usually saw their parents quite often. Parents didn’t become involved with...

A Girl in Classical Athens

I’d like to share an exhibition that serves as a marvelous springboard to reflect on girlhood at the classical times in Athens. The Greek history is inevitably linked with the culture of classical Athens, especially its peak during the 5th century B.C. The...

A Girl in Tudor England

When you think of Tudor England, you probably jump to some of its most famous girls: Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, or Mary Queen of Scots. These were all noble girls, whose opportunities were greater because of their families’ wealth. Yet, though history has made...

A Girl in Celtic Britain: Part II

Earlier this month, I wrote about how a girl in Iron Age Britain would have celebrated the harvest time with a holiday called Samhain. What else do we know about what life may have been like for a girl in Iron Age Britain? Well, the Celts of Iron Age Britain, or...

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