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Children Remembered: Responses to Untimely Death in the Past

Robert Woods


This book discusses the relationship between parents and children in the past, focusing on the ways in which adults responded to the untimely deaths of children, and whether and how they expressed their grief. It engages with the hypothesis of parental indifference associated with the French cultural historian Philippe Ariès by analysing the changing risk of mortality since the sixteenth century and assessing its consequences. The book uses paintings and poems to describe feelings and emotions in ways that challenge traditional disciplinary conventions. The circumstances of infant and child mo ... More

Keywords: parents, children, grief, parental indifference, Philippe Ariès, mortality, demography, cultural history, history of childhood, pictorial images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310218
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Woods, author