By Elisheva Baumgarten
This publication offers a man-made historical past of the family--the most elementary development block of medieval Jewish communities--in Germany and northerly France throughout the excessive center a long time. targeting the particular roles of moms and youngsters, it additionally advances fresh efforts to put in writing a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.
Elisheva Baumgarten attracts on a wealthy trove of basic assets to offer an entire portrait of medieval Jewish relations existence throughout the interval of youth from delivery to the start of formal schooling at age seven. Illustrating the significance of knowing 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 can also be 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 mum and dad, gender hierarchies, divorce, widowhood, early schooling, and where of youngsters in the house, synagogue, and community.
A richly designated and deeply researched contribution to our realizing of the connection among Jews and their non-Jewish friends, Mothers and Children offers a key research of the background of Jewish households in medieval Ashkenaz.