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Orphans of Empire by Helen Berry (Professor of British History, Newcastle University)

Orphans of Empire

The Fate of London's Foundlings

Helen Berry (Professor of British History, Newcastle University)

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9780198758488

The fascinating story of what happened to the orphaned and abandoned children of the London Foundling Hospital, and the consequences of Georgian philanthropy. From serving Britain's growing global empire in the Royal Navy, to the suffering of child workers in the Industrial Revolution, the Foundling Hospital was no simple act of charity.

3 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
30 Mar 2019

"A new history salutes the Foundling Hospital’s noble work to stop the abandonment of babies"

However, Berry, a professor of British history at Newcastle University, is careful not to impose modern standards on events of long ago. She reminds us that, if problems developed, children would return to the hospital, which remained their faithful guardian. Hers is a more positive assessment than most readers will expect. It’s easy to criticise the cold regimentation of the hospital, much more difficult to notice the kindness swirling amid those endless rows of beds.