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When Fathers Ruled Family Life in Reformation Europe

ISBN-10: 0674951212
ISBN-13: 9780674951211
Edition: 1983
Authors: Steven Ozment
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Description: Here is a lively study of marriage and the family during the Reformation, primarily in Gemany and Switzerland, that dispels the commonly held notion of fathers as tyrannical and families as loveless. Did husbands and wives love one another in  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/15/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Here is a lively study of marriage and the family during the Reformation, primarily in Gemany and Switzerland, that dispels the commonly held notion of fathers as tyrannical and families as loveless. Did husbands and wives love one another in Reformation Europe? Did the home and family life matter to most people? In this wide-ranging work, Steven Ozment has gathered the answers of contemporaries to these questions. His subject is the patriarchal family in Germany and Switzerland, primarily among Protestants. But unlike modern scholars from Philippe Arics to Lawrence Stone, Ozment finds the fathers of early modern Europe sympathetic and even admirable. They were not domineering or loveless men, nor were their homes the training ground for passive citizenry in an age of political absolutism. From prenatal care to graveside grief, they expressed deep love for their wives and children. Rather than a place where women and children were bullied by male chauvinists, the Protestant home was the center of a domestic reform movement against Renaissance antifeminism and was an attempt to resolve the crises of family life. Demanding proper marriages for all women, Martin Luther and his followers suppressed convents and cloisters as the chief institutions of womankind's sexual repression, cultural deprivation, and male clerical domination. Consent, companionship, and mutual respect became the watchwords of marriage. And because they did, genuine divorce and remarriage became possible among Christians for the first time. This graceful book restores humanity to the Reformation family and to family history.

Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University. He is the author of Flesh and Spirit and The Bürgermeister�e(tm)s Daughter.

In Defense of Marriage
Celibacy and Marriage
The Liberation of Women from Cloisters
Disciplining Marriage
Husbands And Wives
The Duties of Spouses
The Wives of Hermann von Weinsberg
Divorce and Remarriage
The Bearing of Children
The Bearing of Children
The World of the Expectant Mother
The Care of the Newborn
The Trials of Infancy
A Child's Sense of Mortality
The Rearing of Children
The Measure of a Child
Discipline, Duty, and Love
The Weinsberg Men as Fathers
Sin and Mortality
The Faith of Our Fathers
Abbreviations Works Frequently Cited
Notes
Index

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