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Lecture | Research seminar 1000-1800

Golden years. Old age and retirement before the welfare state: a pan-European perspective, 1250-1800

Friday 15 November 2019
Research Seminars Europe 1000-1800 academic year 2019-2020
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference room

Before the welfare state, growing old came with a serious risk of impoverishment. Could individuals take measures to prevent ending up among the elderly poor? There are indications that elderly in medieval and early-modern Europe could negotiate support with kin and non-kin alike. Opportunities to do so were good in the later Middle Ages, but agency declined over the centuries, causing retirement to eventually become something for the happy few.

The Research Seminars Europe 1000-1800 are informal and intended to foster discussion. There are drinks afterwards. Everyone is welcome to join. 

If you would like to join this session, and/or receive invitations for the upcoming sessions, you can send an e-mail to: history@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Further information can be obtained from the organizers Judith PollmannJeroen DuindamPeter Hoppenbrouwers and Marianne Ritsema-van Eck.


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