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Medieval households

Author: David Herlihy
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1985.
Series: Studies in cultural history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
How should the medieval family be characterized? Who formed the household and what were the ties of kinship, law and affection that bound the members together? David Herlihy explores these questions from ancient Greece to the households of fifteenth-century Tuscany, to provide a broad new interpretation of family life. In a series of bold hypotheses, he presents his ideas about the emergence of a distinctive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Herlihy, David.
Medieval households.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1985
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Herlihy
ISBN: 0674563751 9780674563759 067456376X 9780674563766
OCLC Number: 11812256
Description: vii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The household in late classical antiquity. Concepts of family and household ; Husband and wife ; Parents and children --
The household in late barbarian antiquity. Ireland ; The Continent --
The emergence of the early medieval household. Commensurable units ; The households of St. Germain ; Patterns of marriage --
The transformations of the central and late Middle Ages. The social and cultural environment ; The patrilineage ; Marriage ; Ages at first marriage --
Domestic roles and family sentiments in the later Middle Ages. Sources, secular and sacred ; Marriages ; Motherhood ; Childhood ; Fatherhood --
The household system in the late Middle Ages. Ideals ; Rules ; Processes.
Series Title: Studies in cultural history.
Responsibility: David Herlihy.


Traces the history of family life during the Middle Ages and examines medieval marriages, childhood, motherhood, and fatherhood.  Read more...
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Immensely stimulating...[this book] contains a vast amount of original scholarship. Herlihy has a rare talent for incorporating lively narrative evidence into the context suggested by quantifiable Read more...

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