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The Crimes of Women in Early Modern Germany is a fascinating study of 'deviant' women. It is the first scholarly account of how women were prosecuted for theft, infanticide, and sexual crimes in early modern Germany, and challenges the assumption that women were treated more leniently than men. Ulinka Rublack uses criminal trials to illuminate the social status and conflicts of women living through the Reformation and the Thirty Years War, telling for the first time, the stories of cutpurses, maidservants' dangerous liaisons, and artisans' troubled marriages. She provides a thought-provoking analysis of labelling and sentencing processes, and of the punishments inflicted on those found guilty. Above all, she brilliantly engages with the way 'ordinary' women experienced authority and sexuality, household and community.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198206378
ISBN-10: 0198206372
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 25mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ulinka Rublack

This book is also appearing in Germany in 1998, published by Fischer-Verlag in German

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