The Duties of Love: The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual Tradition

Patrick M. Brennan, ed., The Vocation of the Child (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008), 266-294 (with Heather M. Good)

27 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2019

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John Witte, Jr.

Emory University School of Law

Heather M. Good

Sidley Austin LLP

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This Article analyzes the little explored late medieval and early modern household manuals that provided European and North American parents, children, and other household members with detailed instructions on their domestic, spiritual, emotional, and social responsibilities to God, neighbor, and self. The manuals outlined the duties of love, respect, recompense, and life-long honor that children owed to parents, and the duties of love, support, education, nurture, emancipation, and inheritance that parents owed to their children. Some of these early household manuals proved to be important prototypes for later theories of catechesis, education, children’s rights, and books of etiquette and deportment that were common in Catholic and Protestant circles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords: household manuals, children, parents, love, honor, respect, education, parental care, intergenerational care, inheritance, William Blackstone, John Locke, common law, Protestantism

Suggested Citation

Witte, John and Good, Heather M., The Duties of Love: The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual Tradition (2008). Patrick M. Brennan, ed., The Vocation of the Child (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008), 266-294 (with Heather M. Good), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445685

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