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.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Fostering Illegitimacy Infanticide Law Love- Maternal Mothers Sagas Sons
  • Award Note:
  • Geographic Area: Scandinavia
  • Century: General
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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]
  • Conference Info: - , -
  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815323417