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In The Renaissance Man and His Children, author Louis Haas delves into account books, letters, and literature of the Renaissance to examine elite Florentine male attitudes and behaviors regarding birth and infancy from 1300 to 1600.


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In The Renaissance Man and His Children, author Louis Haas delves into account books, letters, and literature of the Renaissance to examine elite Florentine male attitudes and behaviors regarding birth and infancy from 1300 to 1600.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Alana White

    Here is a wonderful book highlighting parents fighting to keep their children well at a time when Florentines were prolific in the number of children they had. "They had to be. Their children died prolifically." And: "The cold dry statistic of 30 percent childhood mortality rates common for the premodern world takes on a stunning complexion when we realize that this rate or higher could occur in any individual family." Baptisms (in 1338, before the mortality of the Black Death, a priest at San G Here is a wonderful book highlighting parents fighting to keep their children well at a time when Florentines were prolific in the number of children they had. "They had to be. Their children died prolifically." And: "The cold dry statistic of 30 percent childhood mortality rates common for the premodern world takes on a stunning complexion when we realize that this rate or higher could occur in any individual family." Baptisms (in 1338, before the mortality of the Black Death, a priest at San Giovanni stated he had baptized 6,000 babies that year, an average of 16 a day) godparents, adoption and the practice of putting children out to wet-nurses (usually when babies were less than one month old) are described in a lively manner through contemporary journals and letters.

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