Lynn Bothelo - Public lecture

Public Lecture

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London 

Professor Lynn Botelho - 'From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II: Has Care for the Elderly Changed?' 

On 13th of May, 2013 at 6:00PM in room CC1.01 Stratford Campus (for directions visit

Professor Botelho explores the world of old age and ageing during the reign of Elizabeth I and in doing so debunks a number of misconceptions that modern people hold about the old in the past. For example, most older people did NOT live with their adult children. Rather, they wanted to live nearby and to be close, and that older people fought hard to retain their independence.

Another 'myth' is that there were not many old people at all. In fact, nearly 10% of the population were over the age of 60 and the demographic shape of the country looked a lot like the 1960s. Lynn Botelho's recent work shows that older people did not quietly accept the ailments of old age. Instead,
they expected their medical practitioners to treat or cure their problems. The beginnings of gerontology did not start in the early 20th century, but had a much longer history, stretching as far back as the late 17th century. 

Lynn Botelho is a University Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and teaches in the Department of History. Currently, she is a US-UK Fulbright Scholar at King's College, London, and also holds a Landes Fellowship. She writes on old age in Early Modern England, and her publications include Old Age and the English Poor Law, 1500-1700 (2004), several edited collections of essays (including Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 (2001), with Pat Thane), and she has co-edited an 8-volume set of primary sources, History of Old Age, 1600-1800. (2008, 2009). She is currently working on a manuscript entitled 'The Ageing Body'. This project deliberately focuses on the bodies of the elderly as a means to understand both the physical process of growing old and also how the aging process was understood and manipulated in the complex and changing world of early modern society. 

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