Passagen und Stationen
Lebensstufen zwischen Mittelalter und Moderne
1. Edition 2010
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
In the early modern age people considered their lives as a religious sequence, a series of human life stages. How were people influenced by this world view? How did they picture the seven stages in life?
“A new view on only partially known facts,” as Kaspar von Greyerz promises in this new history of life stages in the 16th and 17th century." This first comprehensive depiction of human age and rituals in the early modern times is mainly based on diaries, autobiographies and family chroni-cles. The author creates vivid pictures of his often nameless protagonists and their seven stages in life: birth, childhood, youth, marrying, marriage, old age and death. Kaspar von Greyerz allows a great view on the middle ages just crossing the line to modernity.