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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But the two twins, fondly holding each other by the hand and the shoulder, are
only four years nine months old: they are no longer dressed like adults but are
wearing a long robe, different from that worn by women in that it opens in the front
A drawing by Rubens' shows us a little boy's outfit which is still similar to that
described by Erasmus : the open robe under which the skirt can be seen. The
child is starting to walk and he is being held by braces hanging behind him,
which were ...
he was given 'the first robe without leading-strings'. The child was delighted, and
told the Captain of the Guard : ' Tan [note the imitation of childhood speech], I
haven't any leading-strings, I am going to walk by myself.' For his fourth birthday
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