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The frérèche (a household with several married brothers; French frères) is one of the forms of so-called complex or multiple households, which are composed of several nuclear family units. In Western Europe, the usual form of a multiple household was the life-estate family, in which the parents lived with a married child and his or her family Other forms of multiple household were found in Western Europe, especially in many regions of  Southern France [1]. In these households, often referred to as frérèches or communautés, several families (usually related) lived un…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Frérèche”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019471>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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