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 seventeenth century, for the very first time, painters begin to paint children
as subjects in their own right, with their own clothes and distinctive mannerisms.
They are no longer merely adults in miniature. The franchise of representation is
Children were not the only ones to listen to these stories : they were also told to
adults at evening gatherings. At the same time as he played with dolls, this child
of four or five practised archery, played cards, chess (at six), and adult games ...
Rather more dolls and German toys before seven, and more hunting, riding,
fencing and possibly playgoing after seven; the change was almost imperceptible
in that long succession of pastimes which the child copied from the adults or
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