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Poetry and Parental Bereavement in Early Modern Lutheran Germany

Anna Linton


In early modern Europe it has been estimated that up to one in two children did not survive to the age of ten. In the light of this high mortality rate, some historians have argued that parents did not form close relationships with their children, especially the very young. This is clearly refuted by the testimony of bereaved parents such as Martin Luther, and by the volume of consolatory writings produced for grieving families in early modern Lutheran Germany. The authors — clergymen and lay people — regarded grief as a deep wound which required treatment, and they applied the balm of consola ... More

Keywords: mortality rate, parental bereavement, Martin Luther, epicedium, funeral poem, Leichenpredigten, Paul Fleming, Margarethe Susanna von Kuntsch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233366.001.0001


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Anna Linton, author
Department of German, King's College London
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