Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung: Kinderlosigkeit im Mittelalter

Childlessness is mentioned in numerous medieval sources; coping strategies included medical, religious, and social measures. Yet there were also people who consciously chose a life without offspring. By looking at a complex web of sociability, religion, and desire through the lens of childlessness, this issue illustrate the complexity, diversity and multiplicity of historical concepts of gender, body, and family.