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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He smiled at the child, who smiled back with his eyes and looked at his father.
The father, grateful and flattered, reassured him and smiled at the Djerban. 'How
old are you?' the grocer asked the child. 'Two and a half,' replied the father.
Nicolas de Beauvais-Nangis writes of his father: 'Antoine de Brichanteau, aged
between eleven and twelve, was sent to Lisieux College in the year 1564 [the
class is not specified], where he stayed until the troubles of the year 1567 and the
We can guess which social class produced these adolescents who started school
at such a late age. The sculptor Girardon's father was a brass- founder. This
artisan wanted his son, who was born in 1625, to be an attorney, showing exactly
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