The world of work – extinct professions – child labor

In the various professions that have become extinct, we hear time and again that work was also done by children.

If children have to work, then according to our ideas today it is a question of ‘child labor’. In the Middle Ages, however, the term child labor did not yet exist. Children from the age of 6 were already considered able to work and they were also expected to contribute to their parents’ livelihood or to have to support themselves. There was no compulsory schooling for a long time.

In this episode we look at what typical activities were for children and what working conditions and working hours were possible.

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