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Step-parenthood is the relationship established by the remarriage of a parent (Parents) between that parent’s children and his or her new spouse. The etymological derivation of the term is from OE steop-, connoting deprivation (e.g. steopcild, “orphan”; compare astiepan, “to bereave”), and was common to all the Germanic languages (compare German Stief- from OHG stiof, “orphaned”; Swedish styv- from styva, “to deprive”). This form of successive family reconstruction with monogamy preserved was seen to differing degrees throughout early modern histo…

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Stuchtey, Benedikt, “Step-parents”, 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 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_028280>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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