The Resource Medieval lives : birth, marriage & death

Medieval lives : birth, marriage & death

Label
Medieval lives : birth, marriage & death
Title
Medieval lives
Title remainder
birth, marriage & death
Title variation
Birth, marriage and death
Contributor
Director
Presenter
Television producer
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Historian and author Helen Castor, presenter of the popular series She-Wolves, explores how the people of the Middle Ages handled the most fundamental moments of transition in life: birth, marriage and death. In doing so she reveals how people in the medieval world thought and what they believed in. For the people of the Middle Ages the teachings of the Catholic Church shaped thoughts and beliefs across the whole of Western Europe. But by the end of the Middle Ages the Church would find itself in the grip of momentous change and the way of medieval birth, marriage and death would never be quite the same again. Episode 1 - A Good Birth: For a Medieval woman approaching the moment of labour and birth, there were no antiseptics to ward off infection or anaesthetics to deal with pain but there was God. The medieval world understood that the pains of labour were the penalty for the original sin of humankind; so, to get through them, she needed the help of the saints, and the blessing of God himself. As historian Helen Castor reveals in this film this was one of the most dangerous moments a medieval woman would ever encounter and some aristocratic and royal women gave birth as young as 13. Birth took place in an all-female environment and male world of medicine was little help to a woman in confinement. But by the end of the Middle Ages the momentous changes to the religious life of England reached right into the heart of this most domestic and secret of life?s rites and stripped away the comfort that the old Church had offered to laboring women
  • Episode 2 - A Good Marriage: Unlike birth and death, which are inescapable facts of life, marriage was a rite of passage made by choice and in the Middle Ages it wasn?t just a choice made by bride and groom, they were often the last pieces in a puzzle, put together by their parents, with help from their family and friends, according to rules laid down by the Church. But as historian Helen Castor reveals in the Middle Ages marriage was actually much easier to get into than today ? you could get married in a pub or even a hedgerow simply by exchanging words of consent ? but from the 12th century onwards the Catholic Church tried to control this conjugal free for all. For the Church marriage was a way to contain the troubling issue of sex but as this episode reveals, it was not easy to impose rules on the most unpredictable human emotions of love and lust. Episode 3 - A Good Death: Most of the time, we try not to think about death. But the people of the middle ages didn?t have that luxury. Death was always close at hand, for young and old, rich and poor ? even before the horrors of the Black Death, which killed millions in a few short months. But for the people of the Middle Ages death wasn?t an end but a doorway to everlasting life. The Church taught that an eternity spent in heaven or hell was much more important than this life?s fleeting achievements and there was much you could do to prepare for the next life in this one. As historian Helen Castor reveals how to be remembered ? and remembering your loved ones ? shaped not only the worship of the people of the middle ages but the very buildings and funding of the medieval Church itself
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Produced & directed by Lucy Swingler ; executive producer: Ross Wilson
Dewey number
940.1
Intended audience
Censorship classification : PG
Language note
In English. Subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing
PerformerNote
Written & presented by Helen Castor
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Castor, Helen
  • Swingler, Lucy
  • Wilson, Ross
  • Australia
Runtime
180
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social history
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Video recordings for the hearing impaired
  • Nonfiction television programs
  • Documentary television programs
  • Europe
Technique
live action
Label
Medieval lives : birth, marriage & death
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Publication
Distribution
Note
  • "SBS1612."
  • Originally produced for television in 2013
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 DVD-videos (180 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other control number
9322225200654
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
SBS1612
System control number
(Sirsi) 000052946181
System details
DVD ; Region all ; PAL
Label
Medieval lives : birth, marriage & death
Publication
Distribution
Note
  • "SBS1612."
  • Originally produced for television in 2013
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 DVD-videos (180 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other control number
9322225200654
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
SBS1612
System control number
(Sirsi) 000052946181
System details
DVD ; Region all ; PAL

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