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    What is clear is that Christianity directed increased attention to childhood. For the first time in history it seemed important to decide what the moral status of children was. In the midst of this sometimes excessive concern, a new sympathy for children was promoted. Sometimes this meant criticizing adults. . . . So far as parents were put on the defensive in this way, the beginning of the Christian era marks a revolution in the child’s status.
    —C. John Sommerville (20th century)

    Oh! full Surrey twilight! importunate band!
    Oh! strongly adorable tennis-girl’s hand!
    —Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984)