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

John Boswell


This text looks at the abandonment of children in Western Europe in both antiquity and the Middle Ages. The book illuminates a vast area of social history and aims to enlighten us on attitudes to childhood, the nature of the family, property and the nature of birth control.

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