The Kindness of Strangers - the Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance / Edition 2

The Kindness of Strangers - the Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance / Edition 2

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by John Boswell
     
 


In The Kindness of Strangers, John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Using a wide variety of sources, including drama and mythological-literary texts as well as demographics, Boswell examines the evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children,See more details below

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In The Kindness of Strangers, John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Using a wide variety of sources, including drama and mythological-literary texts as well as demographics, Boswell examines the evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals. The Kindness of Strangers presents a startling history of the abandoned child that helps to illustrate the changing meaning of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226067124
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
506
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I: Ancient Patterns
1. Rome: The Historical Skeleton
2. Rome: Literary Flesh and Blood
3. Fathers of the Church and Parents of Children
Pt. II: The Early Middle Ages
4. Variations on Familiar Patterns
5. A Christian Innovation: Oblation
6. Demographic Overview
Pt. III: The High Middle Ages
7. New Demographics: 1000-1200
8. Oblation at Its Zenith
9. The Thirteenth Century: Abandonment Resumes
10. Literary Witnesses
Pt. IV: The Later Middle Ages
11. Continuities and Unintended Tragedy
12. Conclusions
Appendix of Translations
Frequently Cited Works
Index

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