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Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800


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List of Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgements; Notes on the text; Notes on Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction: Stepfamilies in the European Past; Chapter 2 Jewish families, conversion, and the creation of stepfamilies in Girona after the anti-Jewish violence of 1391; Chapter 3 Stepfamilies in Sweden, 1400 to 1650: the family in process between bloodlines and continuity; Chapter 4 Stepfamilies and inclusive families in early modern Venice; Chapter 5 Virtual stepfamilies: illegitimate children, half-siblings, and the early modern Spanish nobility; Chapter 6 Stepmothers at law in early modern England; Chapter 7 'The Riddle of Nijmegen' (Het Raadsel van Nijmegen), complicated marriages, stepfamilies and early modern Dutch law; Chapter 8 Stepfamilies and blended families in Protestant funeral sermons in early modern Germany; Chapter 9 Stepfamily relationships in autobiographical writings from seventeenth-century Hungary; Chapter10 Emotional bonds and the everyday logic of living arrangements: stepfamilies in dispensation records of late eighteenth-century Austria; Chapter 11 Stepfamily relationships in multigenerational households: the case of Toulouse, France in the eighteenth century; Chapter 12 Seeing Stepfamilies in European Visual Culture; Appendix: Visual Sources of the Stepfamily in the European Past, 1400-1800; Chapter 13 Conclusion: Continuity and Change in Stepfamily Lives, 1400-1800; Chapter 14 Suggestions for Further Reading; Index

About the Author

Lyndan Warner is Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary's University, Canada. Her previous publications include Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe with Sandra Cavallo (1999) and The Ideas of Man and Woman in Renaissance France: Print, Rhetoric, and Law (2011).


'Even more so than today, stepfamilies played a prominent role in early modern Europe. With contributions from across Europe, as well as analyses of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish families, Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800 offers the most comprehensive discussion of early modern stepfamilies to date. This fine collection will force scholars to rethink their understandings not only of early modern family structures, but also the complexities of family dynamics, the roles of women, and the experiences of children.'

Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington, USA

'This important, stimulating and highly readable book shows that the history of stepfamilies is both a story of vulnerability and one of human solidarity and support. Drawing on legal practice, funeral sermons, folklore and a treasure of visual representations, Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800 opens up a fascinating chapter in the history of families, laws and emotions.'

Maria Agren, Uppsala University, Sweden

'[...]this collection is an excellent overview of work already done in the field of stepfamily history and offers a necessary addition to the complicated picture of family life in early modern Europe. Warner effectively situates the research alongside broader trends and individual chapters outline elements of stepfamily life in specific countries and regions.'
Dr Maria Cannon, University of Portsmouth, UK

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