Children as independent beings
During the Middle Ages, families decided the fate of the children. The canon law of the Catholic Church stated that a bride had to be older than 12 and the groom, 14. But the father, desiring to increase his resources and prestige, looked for a daughter- or son-in-law immediately after a child's birth.
Interest in children as persons was revived in Europe when ancient philosophers' writings were discovered, and the fashion for educating children returned.
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