Das Drama der Kinderlosigkeit – vom Mittelalter bis heute

Braunschweig.  Die Braunschweiger Mediävistin Regina Toepfer untersucht in ihrem neuen Buch, wie alte Denkmuster bis heute weiterwirken.

Ein kinderloser Herzog empfängt seinen Wunschsohn (1419).

Ein kinderloser Herzog empfängt seinen Wunschsohn (1419).

Foto: Stuttgart Württembergische Landesbibliothek

Der dynastische Druck, Nachkommen zu zeugen, war im Mittelalter eminent. Unter bestimmten Umständen war aber auch Kinderlosigkeit hoch angesehen. Wie mittelalterliche Denkmuster unsere Sicht auf erhoffte Elternschaft noch heute prägen und wo sie sich unterscheiden, untersucht die Braunschweiger Mediävistin Regina Toepfer in ihrem Buch „Kinderlosigkeit – Ersehnte, verweigerte und bereute Elternschaft im Mittelalter“. Florian Arnold sprach mit ihr.

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„Seit der Reformation gilt: Eheglück gleich Elternglück“

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„Wer fruchtbar ist, gilt als gesegnet“

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„Männer mussten sich Impotenz-Prozessen unterziehen“

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