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The Rescue of the Innocents: Endangered Children in Medieval Miracles
It has been said that the part of Medieval history which scholars find most challenging to elucidate is the emotional life of Medieval families. Indeed, it is an area that is surrounded by a sense of mystery and superstition. In The Rescue of the Innocents, Ronald Finucane seeks to examine this area by focusing on the influence of miracles on the lives of children during t ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Palgrave MacMillan
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one chapter in, and i love it already! choice quote: "Ambivalent about the pleasures of sex, the church preferred that children be brought forth, in James Brundage's words, after 'grimly joyless and responsible copulation.'"....this book examines 600 cases of child death in medieval times. because most information wasn't written down, the author used miracle testimonies to study how and why children encountered death. i was afraid this book would get really boring and repetitive (seeing as there ...more