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  • Spiritual Kinship in Europe, 1500-1900by Guido Alfani; Vincent Gourdon

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 105.00

    The authors in this volume analyze spiritual kinship in Europe from the end of the Middle Ages to the Industrial Age. Uniquely comparing Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox views and practices, the chapters look at changes in theological thought over time as well as in social customs related to spiritual kinship, including godparenthood. more...

  • Fathers and Godfathersby Guido Alfani

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 134.95

    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 godfathers and godmothers. Exploring the changing theological... more...

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