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The Kindness of Strangers : The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
by John Boswell

Overview - Historian John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Boswell examines evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Historian John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Boswell examines evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals. 17 photos.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226067124
  • ISBN-10: 0226067122
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publish Date: November 1998
  • Page Count: 506


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