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Author Gager, Kristin Elizabeth.

Title Blood ties and fictive ties : adoption and family life in early modern France / Kristin Elizabeth Gager.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1996]


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 UniM Bail  362.7340944 GAGE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 197 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-190) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Many Families of Early Modern Paris -- Ch. 2. Adoption Laws from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period -- Ch. 3. The Family and the Neighborhood: Adoptions of Children between Two Households -- Ch. 4. Parisian Charity Hospices and the Care of Orphans and Foundlings -- Ch. 5. The Adoption of Children from the Couche of the Poor Foundlings and the Hotel-Dieu -- Epilogue: Revolutionary Visions of Blood Ties and Adoptive Ties -- Appendix A: Transcriptions of Selected Adoption Contracts -- Appendix B: Information on the Adoptive Parents and Adoptees.
Summary In Paris during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the practice of adopting children was strongly discouraged by cultural, religious, and legal authorities on the grounds that it disrupted family blood lines. In fact, historians have assumed that adoption had generally not been practiced in France or in the rest of Europe since late antiquity. Challenging this view, Kristin Gager brings to light evidence showing how married couples and single men and women from the artisan neighborhoods in early modern Paris did manage to adopt children as their legal heirs. In so doing, she offers a new, richly detailed portrait of family life, civil law, and public assistance in Paris and reveals how citizens forged a wide variety of family forms in defiance of social, cultural, and legal norms.
Subject Adoption -- France -- History.
Adopted children -- France -- History.
Families -- France -- History.
ISBN 0691029849 (cl. : alk. paper)