Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5685
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Jochens , Jenny.
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  • Title: Old Norse Motherhood
  • Source: Medieval Mothering.  Edited by John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler.  Garland Publishing, 1996.  Pages 201 - 222.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Fostering Illegitimacy Infanticide Law Love- Maternal Mothers Sagas Sons
  • Geographic Area: Scandinavia
  • Century: General
  • Related Resources: If men and women could be reconciled in the person of the God that was both mother and father, relations were not so easily reconciled between human beings. Parents and children, mothers and fathers, had complicated and frequently conflicting relations. J
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  • Illustrations: The scarcity of affective motherhood in the Old Norse world as evidenced in family sagas and the laws is explained by the phenomena of infanticide, fostering, and illegitimacy. Following a woman's biological career, the evidence is analyzed according to the sex of the offspring, and the question is asked whether affective motherhood was introduced by Christianty. [Reproduced by permission of Garland Publishing.]
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  • Author's Affiliation: Towson State University [Emerita]
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  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815323417
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