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The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

John Boswell
3.9/5 (124 ratings)
In The Kindness of Strangers, John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Using a wide variety of sources, including drama and mythological-literary texts as well as demographics, Boswell examines the evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals. The Kindness of Strangers presents a startling history of the abandoned child that helps to illustrate the changing meaning of family.
Language
English
Pages
506
Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Release
November 01, 1998
ISBN
0226067122
ISBN 13
9780226067124

The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

John Boswell
3.9/5 (124 ratings)
In The Kindness of Strangers, John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Using a wide variety of sources, including drama and mythological-literary texts as well as demographics, Boswell examines the evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals. The Kindness of Strangers presents a startling history of the abandoned child that helps to illustrate the changing meaning of family.
Language
English
Pages
506
Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Release
November 01, 1998
ISBN
0226067122
ISBN 13
9780226067124

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