Renaissance Man and His Children: Childbirth and Early Childhood in Florence, 1300-1600

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In The Renaissance Man and His Children, author Louis Haas delves into account books, letters, and literature of the Renaissance to examine elite Florentine male attitudes and behaviors regarding birth and infancy from 1300 to 1600.

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Overview

In The Renaissance Man and His Children, author Louis Haas delves into account books, letters, and literature of the Renaissance to examine elite Florentine male attitudes and behaviors regarding birth and infancy from 1300 to 1600.

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A letter from the Florentine writer Boccaccio to his friend Petrarch in 1366 led Haas (medieval and early modern history, Duquesne Univ.) to question the conventional view of childbearing during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. That view, based largely on the work of 20th-century historian Philippe Aries, held that Europeans of that period did not recognize childhood as a separate stage of human development, that they saw children as miniature versions of themselves, and that they formed no emotional attachment to their own children. The 1366 letter that caught the attention of Haas expresses the joy that Boccaccio felt on meeting Petrarch's five-year-old daughter and the grief he felt over the death of his own young daughter, who was the same age as Petrarch's. Boccaccio's pain was no different from what would be felt by a modern father, Haas believes. While not suggesting a new paradigm for studying childhood in past societies, he has indicated new directions for historians studying the relationships between adults and children in the past. Highly recommended for academic libraries with significant holdings in Renaissance history and childhood studies.--Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312175634
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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