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Chapter Eight: Family and Social Trends

1350 - 1600: Chapter Eight: Family and Social Trends






Birth 317

A Birthing Regimen319

Childhood 319

“I Have Suffered a Grievous Blow”321

Education 321

A Lady's Education Pondered322

Facing Adulthood: Adolescence and Sexual Maturity 323

On the Secrets of Women325

Grave Concerns: Attitudes Toward Sexuality 326

Courtly Love327

Hard Choices: Pregnancy Outside of Marriage 328

Taking Responsibility for the Babies329

Homosexuality 330

On Controlling Sodomy331

Indecent Behaviors 333

Opening and Closing the Brothels334

Opinions about Marriage 335

Martin Luther on Marriage336

“He is not to hit her too hard”338

Patterns of Marriage 339

Rowland'sThe Bride 341

Patterns of Married Life 342

Unmarried People 343

Anna Bijns on Breaking Conventions344

Valuable Assets: Children 345

Motherly Advice to a Son347

Work and Leisure 348

A Wedding Disaster349

Years Advanced: Widowhood and Old Age 350

To Those Left Behind351


Leon Battista Alberti 353

Giovanni di Ser Lodovico della Casa 354

Lusanna di Girolanto 354

Elisabeth of Braunschweig 355

Veronica Franco 357

Caritas Pirckheimer 358

Willibald Pirckheimer 358

Christine de Pizan 359


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