Age and History as Categories of Analysis

Refiguring Old Age


  • Lynn A. Botelho Indiana University of Pennsylvania




Author Biography

Lynn A. Botelho, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Lynn A. Botelho is a Distinguished University Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has authored or edited six books, including History of Old Age, 1600-1800 and Old Age and the English Poor Law, as well as articles on old age in early modern England. She has held numerous fellowships, including a US-UK Fulbright, a Ruth Landes Memorial Fellowship, a Pain Fel- lowship at Birkbeck University of London and the Keck Foundation and Mayer Fellow at the Huntington Library. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.


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———. Old Age and the English Poor Law, 1500-1700. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2004.

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———. “Who Most Needs to Marry? Ageing and Inequality among Women and Men in Early Modern Norwich.” Botelho and Thane 31-42.

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How to Cite

Botelho, L. A. . “Age and History As Categories of Analysis: Refiguring Old Age”. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 199-08, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v1i.129970.



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