By Elisheva Baumgarten
This booklet provides a man-made historical past of the family--the most simple development block of medieval Jewish communities--in Germany and northern France through the excessive center a while. targeting the specified roles of moms and kids, it additionally advances contemporary efforts to jot down a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.
Elisheva Baumgarten attracts on a wealthy trove of basic assets to offer an entire portrait of medieval Jewish kin lifestyles throughout the interval of formative years from delivery to the start of formal schooling at age seven. Illustrating the significance of realizing Jewish perform within the context of Christian society and spotting the shared foundations in either societies, Baumgarten's exam of Jewish and Christian practices and attitudes is explicitly comparative. Her research is additionally wideranging, protecting approximately each point of domestic existence and childrearing, together with being pregnant, midwifery, delivery and initiation rituals, nursing, sterility, infanticide, remarriage, attitudes towards father and mother, gender hierarchies, divorce, widowhood, early schooling, and where of youngsters in the house, synagogue, and community.
A richly exact and deeply researched contribution to our figuring out of the connection among Jews and their non-Jewish associates, Mothers and Children offers a key research of the historical past of Jewish households in medieval Ashkenaz.