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Beloved Children
History of Childhood in Hungary in the Early Modern Age

Edited by Katalin Péter, Professor of History at the Central European University, Budapest

Drawing on evidence from a wide collection of surviving family papers, Beloved Children is a valuable contribution to literature available concerning childhood history in pre-industrial Central Europe.

With the aid of detailed case studies, the volume illustrates every aspect of Hungarian childhood in the early modern age from a variety of contrasting perspectives - birth, care, education, marriage, orphanhood and death. The book also includes a unique portrayal of family life in the Hungarian aristocracy.

Beloved Children is a comprehensive study examining topics such as family intimacy, paternal and maternal attitudes, providing the reader with a valuable insight into a child's life in Hungary during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


"This well-translated and entertaining book addresses several issues central to the history of childhood and the family in western Europe and the United States.
It is a work well suited to teaching purposes even at the introductory level and should grace any good library collection on European history". - Sixteenth Century Journal

"Aristocratic Hungarian childhood is a welcome addition to the rapidly expanding international field of children's history. This collection... beckons the English-speaking reader into a little-known, but fascinating world." - Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A refreshing and useful addition to English-language literature on early modern Hungary, bringing the reader close to individuals whose lives would otherwise be lost in obscurity." - Slavic Review


Contents

The First Ten Years of Children: How they were begotten, Physical and social forms of family planning, Expecting the child, The child is born, Boys and girls, Mothers and fathers, Health and education, Illness and death Orphans of Noble Birth: What it meant to be an orphan, The last will, Guardians, Half-orphans, Fully orphaned, Widowed mothers and their children, Stepmothers, Stepfathers Count Ádám Batthyány I and His Children: At the baronial court, Expecting babies, At the school of the Jesuits at Sopron, Secondary school in Graz, Kristóf Batthyány's travels abroad, The younger Batthyány, The subsequent career of the Batthyány brothers The Marriage Policy of the Esterházy Family After the Death of Palatine Miklós: The founder of the dynasty, Palatine's household, The father's principles concerning education, Building a dynasty, Keeping the family together, Esterházy's inheritance, The execution of the Palatine's testament, László Esterházy's marriage, The marriage of Mária Esterházy, Preserving the wealth of the family, The marriage of the youngest brother

2000
180 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-77-1 cloth $50.00 / €45.00 / Ł40.00

 

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