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.
The reader leaves this account of 'ordinary lives of these extraordinary people' with respect and admiration. (The New York Times)
Intriguing tales, told with spice, verve, and the dry humor of experience.... (Publishers Weekly)