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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We have seen earlier in this work that the boy 'in bib and tucker', before the age
of 'the robe with a collar', wore the same robe and skirt as a girl. This
effeminization of the little boy, which became noticeable about the middle of the
These schools had two interesting features : they taught girls as well as boys, and
they were attended by adolescents as well as little children. A curious engraving3
of the early eighteenth century shows a writing lesson in progress : some big ...
Moreover, by the age of ten, girls were already little women: a precocity due in
part to an upbringing which taught girls to behave very early in life like grown-ups
. 'At the age of ten, that little girl's mind was so developed that she ran the whole ...
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