Re: The practice of Fostering
- Another book by Barbara Hanawalt you might try is The Ties the Bind:
Peasant families in medieval England. I'd think that in an agrarian
economy children's work would be too valuable to a family to send them
away. Her Medieval London book spent a good bit of time talking about
apprenticeships which could maybe be a form of fosterage.
Part of the reason I stopped researching adoption is that record is so
messy and inconsistant through time and place. I didn't have the time
to devote to really getting into sources. (I have a good excuse too.
That's about when my daughter came into my life through adoption.)
I'm sorry I can't remember more specifics to answer your questions.
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Natalie W." <equigal_99@...>
>is it just for nobility?
> Thanks for this an the other suggestions for documentation.
> Based on your reading, does fostering occur throughout the classes or
>in medieval Eire, is that right?
> The info in Ireland seems to indicate fostering had a clan tradition