Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe / Edition 1 by Elisheva Baumgarten | 9780691130293 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

by Elisheva Baumgarten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691130299

ISBN-13: 9780691130293

Pub. Date: 07/02/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book presents a synthetic history of the family—the most basic building block of medieval Jewish communities—in Germany and northern France during the High Middle Ages. Concentrating on the special roles of mothers and children, it also advances recent efforts to write a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.

Elisheva Baumgarten draws on a

Overview

This book presents a synthetic history of the family—the most basic building block of medieval Jewish communities—in Germany and northern France during the High Middle Ages. Concentrating on the special roles of mothers and children, it also advances recent efforts to write a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.

Elisheva Baumgarten draws on a rich trove of primary sources to give a full portrait of medieval Jewish family life during the period of childhood from birth to the beginning of formal education at age seven. Illustrating the importance of understanding Jewish practice in the context of Christian society and recognizing the shared foundations in both societies, Baumgarten's examination of Jewish and Christian practices and attitudes is explicitly comparative. Her analysis is also wideranging, covering nearly every aspect of home life and childrearing, including pregnancy, midwifery, birth and initiation rituals, nursing, sterility, infanticide, remarriage, attitudes toward mothers and fathers, gender hierarchies, divorce, widowhood, early education, and the place of children in the home, synagogue, and community.

A richly detailed and deeply researched contribution to our understanding of the relationship between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, Mothers and Children provides a key analysis of the history of Jewish families in medieval Ashkenaz.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130293
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Series:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
932,792
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
Chapter One. Birth 21
Chapter Two. Circumcision and Baptism 55
Chapter Three. Additional Birth Rituals 92
Chapter Four. Maternal Nursing and Wet Nurses: Feeding and Caring for Infants 119
Chapter Five. Parents and Children: Competing Values 154
Conclusions 184
Notes 191
Glossary 241
Bibliography 243
Index 269

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