A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages

Wilkinson, Louise, ed. (2010) A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages. The Cultural History Series . Berg (an imprint of Bloomsbury), Oxford. ISBN 9781847887955

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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.

Additional Information:This is an edited collection of essays. The English edition was first published in 2010; the US edition was 2012.
Keywords:Medieval Childhood, Medieval Family, Cultural History, Medieval Education, Medieval Upbringing, Medieval History
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:15 Jun 2020 11:00

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