Anti-social teenagers wearing "hoodies" and urinating in the street were as much a feature of life 700 years ago as today. Despite the technological advances, comparatively little has changed in human behaviour, according to leading historians.
Adults have always tried to command the respect of adolescents and to impose their values on their children. Hoods were also in vogue in medieval England, worn innocently by monks and popular among outlaws as a disguise when committing crime. Today the hooded sweatshirt, usually pulled over a baseball cap, has been banned from shopping malls because of its menacing connotations.