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Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood

Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe

Editors: Barclay, Katie, Reynolds, Kimberley, Rawnsley, Ciara (Eds.)

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  • Draws on original material to reappraise early-modern responses to the death of children
  • Recognises the significance of child death to early-modern families
  • Asks what these responses tell us about the place of children in society
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This book draws on original material and approaches from the developing fields of the history of emotions and childhood studies and brings together scholars from history, literature and cultural studies, to reappraise how the early modern world reacted to the deaths of children. Child death was the great equaliser of the early modern period, affecting people of all ages and conditions. It is well recognised that the deaths of children struck at the heart of early modern families, yet less known is the variety of ways that not only parents, but siblings, communities and even nations, responded to childhood death. The contributors to this volume ask what emotional responses to child death tell us about childhood and the place of children in society. Placing children and their voices at the heart of this investigation, they track how emotional norms, values, and practices shifted across the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries through different religious, legal and national traditions. This collection demonstrates that child death was not just a family matter, but integral to how communities and societies defined themselves.

Chapter 5 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com. 

About the authors

Katie Barclay is DECRA Fellow in the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is the author of Love, Intimacy and Power, and numerous articles on family life and emotions.

Kimberley Reynolds is an award-winning author who founded the UK’s National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature and co-edited one of the first studies of representations of childhood death.

Ciara Rawnsley works at the University of Western Australia, and has published on Shakespeare and Emotions. After completing her PhD, she worked at the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. 

Reviews

“The contributors offer an array of potential new approaches, sources, and interpretations, and open up many new and exciting avenues of research, an invitation that is perhaps this volume’s most important contribution.” (Margaret B. Lewis, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 73 (1), 2020)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Small Graves: Histories of Childhood, Death and Emotion

    Pages 1-24

    Barclay, Katie (et al.)

  • ‘he nas but seven yeer olde’: Emotions in Boy Martyr Legends of Later Medieval England

    Pages 25-44

    Lynch, Andrew

  • Rhetorics of Death and Resurrection: Child Death in Late-Medieval English Miracle Tales

    Pages 45-63

    Maddern, Philippa

  • Beholding Suffering and Providing Care: Emotional Performances on the Death of Poor Children in Sixteenth-Century French Institutions

    Pages 65-86

    Broomhall, Susan

  • ‘Rapt Up with Joy’: Children’s Emotional Responses to Death in Early Modern England

    Pages 87-107

    Newton, Hannah

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe
Editors
  • Katie Barclay
  • Kimberley Reynolds
  • Ciara Rawnsley
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57199-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57199-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57198-4
Series ISSN
2634-6532
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 257
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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