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CHAPTER 5 ‘Rapt Up with Joy’: (Book chapter)

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood ISBN: 9781137571991 Year: Pages: 21 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Grant: Wellcome Trust
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences
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Abstract

This chapter takes advantage of recent insights from the history of
emotions to offer a fresh perspective on children’s emotional responses to
death. Drawing on a range of printed and archival sources, it argues that
children expressed diverse and conflicting emotions, from fear and anxiety,
to excitement and ecstasy. In contrast to Houlbrooke and Stannard, I
have found that children’s responses seem to have changed little over the
early modern period. This continuity is largely due to the endurance of
the Christian doctrine of salvation, with its hauntingly divergent fates of
heaven and hell.

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