A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Louise J. Wilkinson (editor)Hardback

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The Middle Ages (800-1400) were a rich and vibrant period in the history of European culture, society, and intellectual thought. Emerging state powers, economic expansion and contraction, the growing influence of the Christian Church, and demographic change all influenced the ideals and realities of childhood and family life. Movements for Church reform brought the spiritual and moral concerns of the laity into sharper focus, profoundly shaping attitudes towards gender and sexuality and how these might be applied to family roles. At the same time, the growth of trade, the spread of literacy and learning, shifting patterns of settlement, and the process of urbanization transformed childhood. This volume explores the ideas and practices which underpinned contemporary perceptions of childhood in the medieval West, and illuminates the enduring importance of the family as a dynamic economic, political, and social unit. A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages presents essays on family relationships, community, economy, geography and the environment, education, life cycle, the state, faith and religion, health and science, and world contexts.

About Author

Louise J. Wilkinson is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of Women in Thirteenth-Century Lincolnshire, and co-editor of The Rituals and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern.


Introduction Louise J. Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) 1 Family Relationships P.J.P. Goldberg (University of York, UK) 2 Community Jennifer C. Ward (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK) 3 Economy Phillipp R. Schofield (Aberystwyth University, UK) 4 Geography and the Environment Sophia Adams (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) 5 Education Louise J. Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) 6 Life Cycle Deborah Youngs (Swansea University, UK) 7 The State Richard Huscroft (Westminster School, UK) 8 Faith and Religion Valerie L. Garver (Northern Illinois University, USA) 9 Health and Science William F. MacLehose (University College London, UK) 10 World Contexts Carol Bargeron (Central State University in Ohio, USA) Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781847887955
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 254
  • ID: 9781847887955
  • weight: 657
  • ISBN10: 1847887953

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