• Juliann Vitullo
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter introduces the volume by outlining not only why the role of the father was such an important point of contention during this period, but also how the growing mercantile economy and social expectations for merchants affected paternity and the portraits of ideal fatherhood, in particular, representations of wealth, poverty, and charity.

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  • Juliann Vitullo
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  1. 1.School of International Letters and CulturesArizona State University TempeUSA

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