‘Childish tricks and chastisement: a few hints from a fourteenth century trespass case’

“My own childhood was in the dwindling twilight of the age of corporal punishment: officially banned in England and Wales, it was nevertheless alive in the memory of schools. There was a thin, whippy, cane in the office of one headteacher – a slightly threatening relic – and there was one teacher in secondary school who, entirely illegally, but without anyone ever daring to report him, used an ancient dap (gymshoe!) on the backsides of offenders …” (more)

[Bracton’s Sister, 28 November]

First posted 2021-11-30 19:00:43

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