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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
Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2007
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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
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
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Johns Hopkins University, 2000
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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Subject Children -- Europe -- History.
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Child Welfare -- history.
History, Medieval.
Social Conditions -- history.
Europe -- History -- 476-1492.
Genre/Form Technical reports.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231503709 (E-Book)
9780231503709 (E-Book)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
Other Titles Cultural anxieties over the child in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries