Our exploration of fatherhood begins with the practicalities of day-today experience. How were individual fathers supposed to implement their responsibilities? This chapter begins with the task of provision, by which I mean the deployment of resources to see to the physical needs of one’s household:

1 “hette … ein dochterlin by inenn genant Trutlin,” Kundschaften D23, Ulrich Geist von Mulheim, [September-October] 1520, 142r.