Medieval Family Roles: A Book of Essays

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This colelction of twelve original essays by European and American scholars, offers some of the latest research in three broad areas of medieval history: marriage, children, and family ties.

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Overview

This colelction of twelve original essays by European and American scholars, offers some of the latest research in three broad areas of medieval history: marriage, children, and family ties.

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European and American scholars present 12 essays on marriage, children, and family ties in the Middle Ages. Their topics include early Medieval kinship structures as social and political controls, childbearing in Florence and England, the care of orphans in the Byzantine Empire, and incest in Medieval literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815336631
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Garland Medieval Casebooks Series , #15
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Dynastic Sanctity in Two Early Medieval Women's Lives 3
Early Medieval Kinship Structures as Social and Political Controls 21
Family Life in the High and Late Middle Ages: The Testimony of German Literary Sources 39
For Better and Worse: Women and Marriage in Piers Plowman 67
Women and Childbearing in Medieval Florence 87
Suffering and Survival in Medieval English Childbirth 101
The Care of Orphans in the Byzantine Empire 121
Infant Death in Late Medieval Florence: The Smothering Hypothesis Reconsidered 137
"The Appalling Dangers of Family Life": Incest in Medieval Literature 157
The Emotional Universe of Medieval Icelandic Fathers and Sons 173
Notes on Family Relationships in Medieval Castilian Narrative 197
Three-Generation Families: Searching for Grandpa and Grandma in Late Medieval England 225
Contributors 239
Index 243
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