THE LIFE-CYCLE IN WESTERN EUROPE, c1300-c1500

DEBORAH YOUNGS
240pp 2006 OUT OF PRINT H450

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Description
This is the first study to examine the entire life-cycle in the late medieval period. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary material, the book explores the timing and experiences of infancy, childhood, adolescence and youth, adulthood, old age and, finally, death. It discusses attitudes towards ageing, rites of passage, age stereotypes in operation, and the means by which age was used as a form of social control, compelling individuals to work, govern, marry and pay taxes. The wide scope of the study allows contrasts and comparisons to be made across gender, social status and geographical location. The work adds a new dimension to the debate over continuity and change in a period that suffered famine, warfare, plague and population collapse.