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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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 such as 'racket-ball',
prisoners' base and countless parlour games. At three, he was already playing at
An attempt was now made to persuade him to give up the games of infancy, and
in particular to stop playing with dolls : 'You must stop playing with these little toys
[the German toys] and playing the wagoner : you are a big boy now, you are no ...
to the Queen's apartments, played blindman's buff, and made the Queen, the
princesses and the ladies play it too.' 'He played "I sit down" ' and the usual
parlour games. 'After supper the King's nanny told him some stories, and he
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