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In the name of honour

1237089_10201800882814651_619126002_n-300x220In Catholic Europe the practice of abandoning unwanted babies reached a peak during the 18th and 19th centuries, with an estimated 10 million children abandoned between 1800 and 1899. To cope with such high numbers, specialised institutions such as hospices for foundlings and orphanages were established, providing the children with a safe shelter where they were not only fed and cared for but also given an education. Lucia Barbera will give a talk on this topic, ‘In the name of honour’, focusing on Sicily during the Bourbon period (1734-1860), at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 6.30pm (free event but booking required).  Continue reading

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