A Counter‐Reformation Childhood

Stephen Haliczer

in Between Exaltation and Infamy

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148633
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869923 | DOI:
A Counter‐Reformation Childhood

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Families during the Counter‐Reformation were characterized by intense piety and harsh discipline. Frequently motivated by economic restraints, parents subjugated children to a home life resembling the convent where strict religiosity and punishment were enforced and deprivation far outweighed affection. This context provided a psychological breeding ground for young girls to escape into a world of religious fantasy and mystical experience.

Keywords: abuse; children; discipline; hagiography; parents; piety; visions

Chapter.  7832 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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