The Rescue of the Innocents: Endangered Children in Medieval Miracles

The Rescue of the Innocents: Endangered Children in Medieval Miracles

by Ronald C. Finucane, R. C. Finucane
     
 

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In The Rescue of the Innocents, Richard Finucane looks at the influence of miracles on the lives of children during the Middle Ages. Finucane explores rampant reports of "miraculous" happenings, delving into the experiences of six hundred children who were rescued, cured, or resuscitated--it was thought--by the holy dead. He analyzes the impact that these…  See more details below

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In The Rescue of the Innocents, Richard Finucane looks at the influence of miracles on the lives of children during the Middle Ages. Finucane explores rampant reports of "miraculous" happenings, delving into the experiences of six hundred children who were rescued, cured, or resuscitated--it was thought--by the holy dead. He analyzes the impact that these wonders had on the families of the children, comparing the differences between experiences of families in the north and the south of Europe. The reactions of mothers in particular, in comparison to fathers and other kin, are studied for their distinctive quality. In addition, Finucane breaks with the traditions of Medieval historians and concentrates on only one type of source: hagiographical records. In so doing, he produces a wealth of fascinating material, sharing with readers the experiences of grief, joy, and belief among Medieval families.

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Explores reports of miraculous cures and rescues of medieval children by saints, and analyzes the impact of these wonders on the families of the children, comparing experiences of families in northern and southern Europe. Breaks with the traditions of medieval historians by concentrating only on hagiographical records. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312162139
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Ronald C. Finucane is Professor of History at Oakland University and the author of Miracles and Pilgrims: Popular Beliefs in Medieval England.

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