Fathers and godfathers : spiritual kinship in early-modern Italy / Guido Alfani.

In medieval Europe baptism did not merely represent a solemn and public recognition of the 'natural' birth of a child, but was regarded as a second, 'spiritual birth', within a social group often different from the child's blood relations: a spiritual family, composed of god...

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Main Author: Alfani, Guido, 1976-
Format: Book
Language:English
Italian
Published: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009.
Series:Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700.
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