The Hands of Children: An Introduction to Psycho-Chirology

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Psychology - 199 pages
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Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinities takes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, exampla and vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge? These essays address the topic of medieval men and, through a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches, significantly extend our understanding of how, in the Middle Ages, masculinity and identity were conflicted and multifarious.
 

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Contents

The Outer Hand
10
The Fingers
18
The Position of the Hand
35
The Significance of the Right and Left Hands
47
The Mounts
58
The Main Lines in the Palm of the Hand
66
Subsidiary Lines and Various Other Features of
91
Practical Notes
97
Chirology Applied to the Hands of Children
106
Figures
159
The Hands of the Mentally Diseased
167
Table One
184
Index of Figures
199
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