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An intriguing study of life in Germany during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries draws on a rich variety of primary sources to describe the social and political climate of the period as well as the personal lives of individual citizens and their families. 12,500 first printing.

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According to Steven Ozment, "the more deeply the family life of the past is probed, the more 'modern' the pre-industrial family is discovered to have been and the more 'traditional' the modern family appears to be." In Flesh and Spirit: Private Life in Early Modern Germany, Ozment illustrates this remarkably stable history by viewing both the 16th-century family and the larger world around it through the eyes of individual household members.

Ozment's five chapters illuminate the life cycle of the family from its origins in courtship and marriage to the sending forth of a new adult generation. Each of the five families--one clerical and four merchant--document the inner life of the urban family during at least one stage of the cycle. All of the featured families are well-to-do citizens of Nürnberg, one of Europe's great merchant and intellectual cities of the time.

A professor of history at Harvard University, Ozment firmly commands his subject matter and convincingly weaves familial history with the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural history of the times. Although his detailed historical excursions frequently interrupt the flow of the personal narrative, the context they provide enhances the reader's understanding of both personal and societal histories. For example, his discussion of courtship and marriage encompasses high-society gossip, the coronation of a new emperor, contemporary response to the Protestant Reformation, as well as attitudes toward chastity, inheritance, and arranged marriages. Flesh and Spirit provides a fascinating look at both 16th-century Nürnberg and the private lives of its citizens. --Bertina Loeffler Sedlack

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Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern history at Harvard University. His previous books include THE BURGERMEISTER'S DAUGHTER and THE AGE OF REFORM, the winner of the Schaff History prize and a finalist for the National Book Award.

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  • Publication date1999
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