A look at Kings and Queens of England and their Royal babies.
The Saxon kings including Cerdic of Wessex (519-534).The Saxons where said to originate from Germany.The religion of the Anglo saxons was celtic they believed in 4 gods until some started to get converted to the Christian faith. As A pagan ritual birth the father was definitely expected to be present at the birth of a child, and to provide the mother moral support and help ease the pain during the birth its self. This is seen especially in the Scandinavian countries. An old German practice was for the midwife to lay the newborn at birth, on the floor , and the father picked it up. This seems to have meant that the father claimed the child and it was not to be exposed.
According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Cerdic was a Saxon Ealdorman came to Hampshire in 495 with his son Cynric and fought with the Britons becoming the first King of Wessex. The Anglo-Saxon line was interrupted for two decades by Viking conquerors, but was re-established by Edward the Confessor.
Viking Kings Of England
Thge Viking King Sweyn was resorted to extracting payment by blackmail as opposed to ravaging English shores. King Ethelred II a weak and ineffectual King of England, ordered massacres of Danes in England on St. Brices Day, 1002, including men, women and children, none were spared . Sweyn swore on the bragging cup to be avenged on Ethelred and landed in England in 1003, ravaging much of the south of the country. He usurped England’s throne in the Autumn of 1013.
Ethelred fled to the Isle of Wight and later joined his wife and children in Normandy,. Sweyn was declared King on Christmas Day, 1013. Some of the English provinces refused to pay homage to the Dane, who had no dynastic right and claimed the throne by right of conquest and never crowned.
England’s first Danish King died suddenly of an apoplexy, on 3rd February, 1014, while threatening the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund’s.
Viking extended families lived together.The life expectancy at birth was about 20 years. Half of those who survived birth lived only to their seventh year.A typical woman probably bore 7 infants during her lifetime, 29 months apart on average. During pregnancy, women were expected to continue working. After the child’s birth, the mother typically returned to work with little delay.
During the Viking age, it was common for a family to give one of their children to another family to foster. It was a bond that could link a man to his social superior. Typically, a child from a superior family was raised by an inferior family. The foster parents received either payment or support from the birth parents.
The Normady king William the conqueror and life for the royal children
William married Matilda of Flanders and had a total of 11 children 9 living.He was a brutal king but it had results.His son William enjoyed playing dice as achild but got bored one day and poured stinking water on his brother. As water was often unclean, it was a necessity. The poor drank ale, mead or cider and the rich were able to drink many different types of wines.Food for the rich consisted of bread,meat fruit vegetables and spices were a luxury which had just started to be imported.The Black death had horrific results which came later during the middle ages.