Synopses & Reviews
Steven Ozment, the acclaimed author of The Bürgermeister's Daughter, explores family life in pre-industrial Europe, using private papers and public archives to trace the lives of five German families during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This compelling and eye-opening social history follows the families from courtship and marriage to pregnancy, child rearing, and the establishment of a new adult generation. Historian Steven Ozment provides a rounded, insightful portrait of an age and a people. His captivating narrative masterfully re-creates the social and political world of this dramatic period in German and European history.