Royal Childhood and Child Kingship: Boy Kings in England, Scotland, France and Germany, c. 1050–1262

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Abstract / Description of output

Refining adult-focused perspectives on medieval rulership, 'Royal Childhood and Child Kingship' exposes the problematic nature of working from the assumption that kingship equated to adult power. Children's participation and political assent could be important facets of the day-to-day activities of rule, as this study shows through an examination of royal charters, oaths to young boys, cross-kingdom diplomacy and coronation. The first comparative and thematic study of child rulership in this period, the book analyses eight case studies across northwestern Europe from c.1050 to c.1250. The book stresses innovations and adaptations in royal government, questions the exaggeration of political disorder under a boy king, and suggests a ruler's childhood posed far less of a challenge than their adolescence and youth. Uniting social, cultural and political historical methodologies, 'Royal Childhood and Child Kingship' unveils how wider societal changes between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries altered children's lived experiences of royal rule and modified how people thought about child kingship.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)9781108968799
ISBN (Print)9781108838375
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameCambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series
PublisherCambridge University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • child kingship
  • children
  • kingship
  • medieval history
  • Medieval
  • rulership
  • childhood
  • political history
  • social history
  • cultural history


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