Families of past societies are commonly conceived of as secure and intimate communities of parents and their offspring. This idealized image often serves as a foil against which the alleged modern-day crisis of the family as a social institution in turmoil is seen. However, due to high mortality rates, stepfamilies were just as common in the past as their modern counterparts formed rather through divorce. Our research team aims to provide a more nuanced picture, in essays published every month, of the folktale figures of wicked stepparents and their children by revisiting the complex relationships between them and the ways in which they interacted in their everyday lives.
2018. October 29. 21:14
This post by Eszter Baros-Gyimóthy provides a vibrant, vivid image of the fragility of family in traditional societies, using eighteenth-century...
2018. April 20. 13:17
Emese Gyimesi presents the everyday life of Julia Szendrey’s stepfamily, who was the most famous literary widow of the 19th century. In the...
2018. March 20. 13:41
Zoltán Fónagy presents one of the best-known Hungarian historical figures in a lesser-known role. István Széchenyi, sometimes referred to as...
2018. February 04. 15:08
Family, autobiography, emotions Calvinist minister István Miskolci Csulyak (1575–1645) introduced his sixth and final marriage at the age of 65 in...