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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Thomas Platter, who had waited until he was nineteen before learning to read,
was now conquered by humanism and displayed a monstrous appetite for
erudition. In two or three years he learned Latin, and Greek and Hebrew as well.
In France, the medieval schools of the type Thomas Platter went to in Germany
were to be found only in small provincial towns, and they taught only the
rudiments of Latin. Colleges teaching a wider range of subjects had taken their
place and ...
The little band of students, greenhorns and old hands, to which Thomas Platter
belonged, and which led a vagabond life from one town to the next, lived either
by thieving and scrounging on the roads and in the country, or by the begging of
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