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

By: Boswell, John

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Lightly rubbed & toned. 1988 Trade Paperback. 488 pp. 9 x 6. Section of numerous photos & reproductions. 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. CONTENTS: Introduction; I. Ancient Patterns; II. The Early Middle Ages; III. The High Middle Ages; IV. The Later Middle Ages; Appendix of Translations; Frequently Cited Works; Index.

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

Author: Boswell, John

Categories: Sociology, European, History,

Publisher: Pantheon Books: 1988

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 1527289

Keywords: HISTORY SOCIOLOGY EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE ABANDONMENT CHILDREN,