Centuries of Childhood
Pimlico, 1996 - 414 oldal
In this pioneering and important book, Philippe Aries surveys children and their place in family life from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. The first section of the book explores the gradual change from the medieval attitude to children, looked upon as small adults as soon as they were past infancy, to the seventeenth and eighteenth century awareness of the child as the focal point of family life. Aries goes on to examine the schooling of children and the development of modern educational methods. In the second section, he describes the metamorphosis of the family: at first the family was a unit in which everything was open and public and children mingled with adults in the social life of the community; eventually the family become a closed or private society, within which children had a unique and important status.
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In the same childish sense, Mme de Sevigne would refer to Mme de Grignan's
children as ce petit peuple. One child who shows exceptional skill is referred to
as ce cadet, a term used in the academies where young gentlemen at the
We find Mme de Sevigne admitting, not without a certain affection, how much
time she spends playing with her granddaughter: 'I am reading the story of
Christopher Columbus's discovery of the Indies, which is entertaining me greatly;
but your ...
When Mme de Sevigne wanted to emphasize a young man's chances of success,
she wrote that he had 'just left the Academy' : M. de Locmaria 'can set all the
courtiers at defiance and confound them, upon my word. He has an income of
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