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The way in which people cared for young children in the 16th and 17th centuries was in many ways different from modern practice. At the same time, people are basically the same, and the needs of children reman constant.

This is arguably the talk I most enjoy presenting and it is suitable for all sorts of audiences. The title is the first part of an old remedy for a childcare problem. As this suggests, our forebears did not always do things as we do.

This lavishly illustrated talk takes the audience back in time some four centuries or more. I explore some of the story of the way in which children were brought into the world and their care in early years during the period of the Tudors and Stuarts. It is a talk that has proved to be as popular and enjoyable for men as for women, and never fails to provoke discussion and laughter as much as shock and horror.

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