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Pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times video

In this week's Claire Chats video I talk about pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times, and the superstitions, traditions and religious rituals surrounding them.

In the video I mention the Sarum missal and the 1549 prayer book, so here are some links where you can read them:

Further Reading

  • The Tudor Housewife by Alison Sim
  • Birth, Marriage and Death: Ritual, Religion and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England by David Cressy
  • Blood, Bodies and Families in Early Modern England by Patricia Crawford
  • The Midwives Book Or The Whole Art Of Midwifry Discovered by Jane Sharp

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  1. L

    Poor Tudor women , such a good subject and really good Claire’s chat. I don’t know about the rest of the world but In the North of England, silver or silver coins are still placed in a new born baby’s hand for luck and wealth of the baby, lynne

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Pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times video