Growing Up in the Middle Ages
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About the Book
Dangerous and difficult for both mother and child—what was the birth experience like in the Middle Ages? Dependent, in part, on social class, what pastimes did children enjoy? What games did they play? With often uncomfortable and even harsh living conditions, what kind of care did children receive in the home on a daily basis?
These are just a few of the questions this work addresses about the day-to-day childhood experiences during the Middle Ages. Focusing on all social classes of children, the topics are wide-ranging. Chapters cover birth and baptism; early childhood; playing; clothing; care and discipline; formal education; university education; career training for peasants, craftsmen, merchants, clergy and nobility; and coming of age.
In addition, three appendices are included. Appendix I provides information on the humoral theory of medicine. Appendix II offers examples of medieval math problems. Appendix III covers a unique episode in medieval history known as “The Children’s Crusade.”
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About the Author(s)
Paul B. Newman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 42 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
1. Birth and Baptism 5
2. Caring for Infants and Children 44
3. Play 76
4. Clothing and Dress 99
5. Care and Discipline 104
6. Formal Education 109
7. University Education 135
8. Training for a Career and Earning a Living: Peasants, Craftsmen, and Merchants 169
9. Training for a Career and Earning a Living:
The Clergy and Nobility 203
10. Coming of Age 241
Book Reviews & Awards
“engaging…comprehensive…excellent…informative…recommended”—Choice; “recommended”—AJL Newsletter.