Dear Dad, Send Money – Letters from Students in the Middle Ages


“If you have a son or daughter attending university, most likely you will be getting a message from them asking for money. Apparently, this is part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of universities in the Middle Ages.”

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Students sending word home for money, clothing, or other supplies is a common theme among college students in modern times.  It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that it has been a common theme since medieval times as well!

The language is different, and in many cases more respectful, but the conciliatory and pleading tone remains the same.  Please, Mom and Dad, I could use some cash!

We’re never far from where we were.