Fathers and Godfathers
Spiritual Kinship in Early-modern ItalyeBook - 2009
In medieval Europe baptism did not merely represent a solemn and public recognition of the 'natural' birth of a child, but was regarded as a second, 'spiritual birth', within a social group often different from the child's blood relations: a spiritual family, composed of godfathers and godmothers. Exploring the changing theological and social nature of spiritual kinship and godparenthood between 1450 and 1650, this book explores how these medieval concepts were developed and utilised by the Catholic Church in an era of reform and challenge. It demonstrates how such ties continued to be of majo.
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 273 pages) : illustrations, map