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This Is What It Was Like to Be a Teenager in the Middle Ages

4 monthes ago   |   By Time

This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today.
We have a tendency to associate youth culture with modernity, but medieval people were as anxious about youths as are today's headline writers worrying about the rise of the “millennial.” As the poet John Lydgate warned: “O lusty gallants in your adolescence, /... When you are stirred to wanton insolence, / Restrain yourselves.” We might also assume that extending youth beyond the teenage years is a luxury of a modern society, where life expectancy stretches into the 80s. But even...
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