Medieval Households / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review

[An] immensely stimulating book...Herlihy has a rare talent for incorporating lively narrative evidence into the context suggested by quantifiable data and writing about it with grace and verve.
— David Nicholas

Choice
Herlihy's excellent work makes accessible persuasive counterarguments against the theory that affection for children developed only recently. Herlihy...demonstrates how modern society moved toward its definition of 'family' and shows its emergence in the medieval period. He uses scattered and diverse source material to trace the development of the family from Roman times to the medieval development of common expectations of family life applicable to all classes. The sources, ranging from well-known classical and medieval writers such as Aristotle, Tacitus, Aquinas, and Augustine to monastic archives, sermons, lives of saints, and civil archives, provide models and reflections of family life, including the church's use of scripture to establish marital and family standards applicable to ruler and serf alike...This book will become the standard source for family history in cultural context. In spite of its erudition, it is accessible to undergraduates...[A] fascinating, readable, and scholarly work.
Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

Here is a happy marriage: a preeminent historian tackling the thorniest of problems, household and family in medieval Europe. The result is altogether felicitous, a rich, detailed, well-written, and fascinating book of extraordinary range, one designed for students and general readers that will also be invaluable to specialists.
— Robert S. Gottfried

American Historical Review - David Nicholas
[An] immensely stimulating book...Herlihy has a rare talent for incorporating lively narrative evidence into the context suggested by quantifiable data and writing about it with grace and verve.
Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies - Robert S. Gottfried
Here is a happy marriage: a preeminent historian tackling the thorniest of problems, household and family in medieval Europe. The result is altogether felicitous, a rich, detailed, well-written, and fascinating book of extraordinary range, one designed for students and general readers that will also be invaluable to specialists.
American Historical Review
[An] immensely stimulating book...Herlihy has a rare talent for incorporating lively narrative evidence into the context suggested by quantifiable data and writing about it with grace and verve.
— David Nicholas
Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies
Here is a happy marriage: a preeminent historian tackling the thorniest of problems, household and family in medieval Europe. The result is altogether felicitous, a rich, detailed, well-written, and fascinating book of extraordinary range, one designed for students and general readers that will also be invaluable to specialists.
— Robert S. Gottfried
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674563766
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1985
  • Series: Studies in Cultural History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

David Herlihy (d. 1991) was Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.
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