The Renaissance Man and his Children

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Juli 1998



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. Unlike most recent studies which concern the perspectives of Renaissance mothers, this volume seeks specifically to focus on the viewpoints of fathers in relation to childbirth, childrearing and children. Haas finds that although it was a serious and even deadly business, the miracle of birth provided most elite Florentines (both male and female) with joy and a sense of fulfillment. He reveals that most of these Florentines wanted children and that they recognized that children had special needs, which they provided for willingly within the structures of their daily lives. Acknowledged by many parents as a distinct stage in human development, childhood in this time period is unveiled as a much less grim process than is typically imagined. In addition, Haas offers information on the various rites of passage that Renaissance society provided for its children, such as baptism, naming, and godparenthood. A comprehensive study that contains fresh insights into Renaissance families, The Renaissance Man and His Children lends credence to the claim that affectionate family life was no invention of modernity, but has actually been a facet of humanity for centuries.


Introduction: Historians and Childhood in Renaissance Florence Di Mateo naque molti figli: Florentines Think About Having Children Per la grazia di Dio partori uno babino: The Birth Process Alle fonte del santo battesimo: The Rituals of Birth Demo a balia: Wetnursing I: Structures and Dimensions Demo a balia: Wetnursing 2: Care and Emotion A chasa: Children at Home + mori subito: The Demographic Agonies of Childhood in Renaissance Florence Faro richordo di tutti I figliuoli aro della Tita mia donna: Epilogue Appendix: Tables Bibliography


LOUIS HAAS is Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Duquesne University.
EAN: 9780312175634
ISBN: 0312175639
Untertitel: Childbirth and Early Childhood in Florence 1300-1600. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan US
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 1998
Format: gebunden
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