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Author Haas, Louis, 1955-

Title The Renaissance man and his children : childbirth and early childhood in Florence, 1300-1600 / Louis Haas.

Published New York, NY : St. Martinʼs Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.23094551 HAAS    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description viii, 319 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-312) and index.
Summary In The Renaissance Man and His Children, author Louis Haas delves into account books, letters, and literature of the Renaissance to examine elite Florentine male attitudes and behaviors regarding birth and infancy from 1300 to 1600. Unlike most recent studies, which concern the perspectives of Renaissance mothers, this volume seeks to focus specifically on the viewpoints of fathers in relation to childbirth, childrearing, and children. Haas finds that although it was a serious and even deadly business, the miracle of birth provided most elite Florentines with joy and a sense of fulfillment. He reveals that most of these Florentines wanted children, and that they recognized that children had special needs, which they provided for willingly within the structures of their daily lives.
A comprehensive study that contains fresh insights into Renaissance families, The Renaissance Man and His Children lends credence to the claim that affectionate family life was no invention of modernity, but has actually been a facet of humanity for centuries.
Subject Children -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Childbirth -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Families -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Father and child -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Children -- Italy -- Florence -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0312175639