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Author MacLehose, William F.
Title "A tender age" : cultural anxieties over the child in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries / by William F. MacLehose.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2007, 2006.

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Author MacLehose, William F.
Series Gutenberg-e.
Gutenberg (e)
Subject Children -- Europe -- History.
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Social Welfare.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Population Characteristics.
Social Sciences.
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena.
Delivery of Health Care.
History, Medieval.
Social Conditions.
Child Welfare.
Europe -- History -- 476-1492.
Add Title Cultural anxieties over the child in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
Description 1 online resource.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Originally published by Gutenberg-e:
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Johns Hopkins University, 2000.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Nurturing danger : twelfth- and thirteenth-century medicine and the problem(s) of the child -- Suffer little children : baptism, heresy, and the debates over the nature of the child -- Simplicity and faith : childhood, maternity, and the creation of a Jewish threat -- "The path of the foolish children" : delusion, disillusionment, and the challenge of the Children's Crusade of 1212.
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Summary "Beginning in the early thirteenth century, the burial of a child became an event of dramatic consequence. Child death took on a symbolic power, with great concern expressed over the fate of the body. William F. MacLehose follows the evolution of this social anxiety during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, an anxiety focused on images of children's vulnerability and susceptibility to external threats." "Employing a wide range of sources, including historical chronicles, medical writings, Marian legends, hagiography, and popular theological texts, MacLehose advances four important discussions of childhood that directly link fragility with other sources of cultural anxiety: medical writers who began to articulate an increasingly paradoxical view of women's bodily fluids - milk and menstrual blood - as simultaneously essential and potentially fatal to the survival of the fetus and the newborn: doctrinal debates on the fate of children who died before baptism; accusations against Jews, who were charged with the ritual murder of Christian children; and the so-called Children's Crusade of 1212, which was justified on the basis that corruption was an inevitable part of a child's growth."--Jacket.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note English.
Screen of 2007-11-12; title from caption.
ISBN 9780231503709 (E-Book)
0231503709 (E-Book)
9780231142564 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0231142560 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 801665697
Additional Format Print version: New York : Columbia University Press, 2008 9780231142564 (DLC) 2008038964 (OCoLC)184821892

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