17th-18th centuries

Family Life Themes in Funeral Sermons

Brtáňová, Erika

Besides the theological lecture about death, the core of a funeral speech was composed from the description of the deceased virtuous life. It should have served as an instruction to good and meaningful life for the mourners and to show them how they could earn a death leading to blessed eternity. The sermon emphasized good family background and encouraged family members to show respect and esteem for each other. In broader context, this was reflected in the relationship between serfs and a ruler who was presented as a good father of a motherland.

Relationships among Town's Elites: A Case Study from Modra, Pezinok and Svätý Jur during the Years 1600 - 1720

Duchoň, Michal

Family relationships played a significant role among the members of town's elites. Marriage was one of the key tools for family continuity. Creating new personal and family connections, marriages strengthened existing social, economic and political relationships. Marriages gave legitimacy for the new born children, concentrated property and created continuity of elite per se.

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