Friday, 18 September 2015

Student Have Been Cash Strapped Since the Middle Ages!

Letters sent to the Middle Ages blog, first published in Charles H Haskins ‘The Life of Medieval Students as Illustrated by their Letters’, reveal that as far back as 1220 students were writing home for money!

In one letter an Oxford student wrote home complaining that “the city is expensive and makes many demands, I have to rent lodgings, buy necessaries, and provide for many other things which I cannot now specify. Wherefore I respectfully beg your paternity that by the promptings of divine pity you may assist me, so that I may be able to complete what I have well begun.”
Somethings never change!

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