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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Table of ContentsThe Dangers of Birth and Early Infancy
Medieval Families and Children’s Illnesses