medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

This is an area in which a lot of good and interesting work is
currently being done, and Aries thesis, though still widely accepted
(for some reason), has been laid to rest by new research. The field is
poised, in my view, to go beyond Aries, finally.

In addition to Orme's Medieval Children, for broad approaches to the
issue see John Boswell's The Kindness of Strangers (Pantheon, 1988),
Shulamith Shahar's Childhood in the Middle Ages (Routledge, 1990). For
England, see Barbara Hanawalt's exemplary work, especially Ties that
Bound (Oxford, 1986) and Growing Up in Medieval London (Oxford, 1993)
and Ronald Finucane's Rescue of the Innocents (St. Martins, 1997).
Sally Crawford's excellent Childhood in Anglo-Saxon England (Sutton,
1999) deals with the earlier period.

If you'd like to see a collection of (mainly English) texts that
directed toward children (one measure of their value), might I be
forgiven a blatant bit of self promotion by suggesting an anthology I
put together, Medieval Literature for Children (Routledge, 2003--and I
*didn't* pick the title).

Best from Anchorage,


Daniel T. Kline
Associate Professor of English
U of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
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----- Original Message -----
From: Evan May <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, January 7, 2005 9:07 am
Subject: Re: Question on Status of Children

> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and
> culture
> This idea is addressed in detail, and convincingly
> demolished, in Nicholas Orme's book 'Medieval
> Children', which i recommend most highly.
> Evan May
> > I have read that during the early middle ages the
> > status of children in
> > Europe was not high and they were not considered
> > "real people" until they were
> > adults (what age?)  Can anyone on this list comment
> > on this?  Was it a low status?
> > What time period? When did it change?  Any idea why?
> >  I am postulating that
> > it began to change when the devotion to the Holy
> > Child Jesus became popular but
> > I'd like to have any ideas.
> > Thanks,
> > Ann
> >

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