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What can a print from 1640 tell us about life in the early modern period?

This enquiry helps students to develop an overview understanding of some of the key features of ordinary people’s lives during the early modern period.

It uses a print from the time entitled ‘Tittle-tattle; or, the several branches of gossiping’ (a print from 1640 that is best known for making fun of gossipy women!).

You use this print as a way of exploring daily life in the 17th century.

Students make inferences from the contemporary source, before adding (and challenging) the messages of the source from additional information.

There is an opportunity for some important discussion of the value and limitations of sources, too.

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