Revised edition of author's thesis (Ph. D.--ha-Universi£̀Ưah ha-Ivrit bi-Yerushalayim, 2000) originally titled: Imahot ì-yeladim ba-ı̀Æevrah ha-Yehudit bi-Yeme ha-Benayim.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-268) and index.
Ch. 1. Birth -- Ch. 2. Circumcision and baptism -- Ch. 3. Additional birth rituals -- Ch. 4. Maternal nursing and wet nurses : feeding and caring for infants -- Ch. 5. Parents and children : competing values.
"This book presents a synthetic history of the family - the most basic building block of medieval Jewish communities - Germany and northern France during the High Middle Ages. Concentrating on the special roles of mothers and children, it also advances recent efforts to write a comparative Jewish-Christian social history."--Jacket.
Translated from the Hebrew.
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