A close-up detail from "Children’s Games" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, illustrating children playing on a fence.

Playtime in Tudor England: Toys, Games, and Childhood


Content warning: Animal Cruelty and Violence In describing childhood, following infancy, this is what Shakespeare wrote: I think most of us can relate to this, dragging yourself to school, zero enthusiasm, having abandonned whichever game or toy we were playing with until then. Do you remember what your favourite toys were growing up? Or the games you loved playing with …