Beloved Children

History of Childhood in Hungary in the Early Modern Age
$50.00 / €45.00 / £40.00
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270 pages, 5 illustrations

Drawing on evidence from a wide collection of surviving family papers, Beloved Children is a valuable contribution to literature available concerning childhood history in pre-industrial Central Europe.

With the aid of detailed case studies, the volume illustrates every aspect of Hungarian childhood in the early modern age from a variety of contrasting perspectives—birth, care, education, marriage, orphanhood and death. The book also includes a unique portrayal of family life in the Hungarian aristocracy.

Beloved Children is a comprehensive study examining topics such as family intimacy, paternal and maternal attitudes, providing the reader with a valuable insight into a child’s life in Hungary during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Katalin Péter: The first ten years of the children

How they were begotten     
Physical and social forms of family-planning 
Expecting the child 
The child is born 
Boys and girls 
Mothers and fathers
Health and education 
Illness and death 

Ildikó Horn: Orphans of noble birth

What it meant to be an orphan
The last will 
Fully orphaned 
Widowed mothers and their children 
What it meant being an orphan after all

István Fazekas: Count Ádám Batthyány I, and his children

At the baronial court 
Expecting babies 
At the school of the Jesuits at Sopron 
Secondary school in Graz 
Kristóf Batthyány's travels abroad 
The younger Batthyány 
The subsequent career of the Batthyány brothers 

Judit Fejes: The marriage policy of the Esterházy family after the death of Palatine Miklós

The founder of the dynasty 
The palatine's household 
The fathers principles concerning education 
Building a dynasty 
Keeping the family together 
Esterházy's inheritance  
The execution of the palatine's testament 
László Esterházy's marriage 
The marriage of Mária Esterházy 
The secret marriage of Pál and Orsolya 
Preserving the wealth of the family 
The marriage of the youngest brother  

"Aristocratic Hungarian childhood is a welcome addition to the rapidly expanding international field of children's history. This collection... beckons the English-speaking reader into a little-known, but fascinating world."
"This well-translated and entertaining book addresses several issues central to the history of childhood and the family in western Europe and the United States. It is a work well suited to teaching purposes even at the introductory level and should grace any good library collection on European history."
"A refreshing and useful addition to English-language literature on early modern Hungary, bringing the reader close to individuals whose lives would otherwise be lost in obscurity."