When Fathers Ruled
Family Life in Reformation Europe
By (author) Steven E. Ozment
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When Fathers Ruled by Steven E. Ozment
Book DescriptionHere is a lively study of marriage and the family during the Reformation, primarily in Gemany and Switzerland, that dispels the commonly held notion of fathers as tyrannical and families as loveless.Did husbands and wives love one another in Reformation Europe? Did the home and family life matter to most people? In this wide-ranging work, Steven Ozment has gathered the answers of contemporaries to these questions. His subject is the patriarchal family in Germany and Switzerland, primarily among Protestants. But unlike modern scholars from Philippe Arics to Lawrence Stone, Ozment finds the fathers of early modern Europe sympathetic and even admirable. They were not domineering or loveless men, nor were their homes the training ground for passive citizenry in an age of political absolutism. From prenatal care to graveside grief, they expressed deep love for their wives and children. Rather than a place where women and children were bullied by male chauvinists, the Protestant home was the center of a domestic reform movement against Renaissance antifeminism and was an attempt to resolve the crises of family life. Demanding proper marriages for all women, Martin Luther and his followers suppressed convents and cloisters as the chief institutions of womankind's sexual repression, cultural deprivation, and male clerical domination. Consent, companionship, and mutual respect became the watchwords of marriage. And because they did, genuine divorce and remarriage became possible among Christians for the first time.This graceful book restores humanity to the Reformation family and to family history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674951211
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1983
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven E. Ozment
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Epistemology, Paperback (December 2002)
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Ancestors, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Steven E. Ozment
Rescuing the pre-modern family from the grim picture many historians have given us of life in early Europe, this text offers a major reassessment of a crucial aspect of European history, and tells a story of age-old domesticity inextricably linked, and surprisingly similar, to our own.
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Author Biography - Steven E. Ozment
Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University. He is the author of Flesh and Spirit and The Burgermeister's Daughter.
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