mthickst at hamilton.edu
Fri Jan 30 08:20:20 EST 2004
Add to below the experience for many people of constant physical pain
from rotting teeth, poorly set bone breaks, etc. Roy Porter, the
medical historian, has wonderful material on this.--Margie
> I remember once being impressed by reading (I can't remember
>where) that the London merchant and Leveller intellectual William
>Walwyn was the father of (I believe) 20 children and outlived them
>all. Walwyn was a bit of a challenge since he lived to be 80.
> The case of Walwyn serves to remind me of how difficult it is
>for us to imagine what it was like to live on when surrounded by the
>frequent deaths of family members--from parents to the stillborn and
>children, and the mothers and wives who so often died bearing them.
> And Boyd Berry does well in his post to remind us of the
>intimacy of those deaths in the family home. I've never been
>satisfied that I have nearly got my mind around this everyday
>circumstance of early modern domestic life.
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