9780060977214

The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town

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    9780060977214

  • ISBN10:

    0060977213

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

In an era when women were supposed to be disciplined and obedient, Anna proved to be neither. Defying 16th-century social mores, she was the frequent subject of gossip because of her immodest dress and flirtatious behavior. When her wealthy father discovered that she was having secret, simultaneous affairs with a young nobleman and a cavalryman, he turned her out of the house in rage, but when she sued him for financial support, he had her captured, returned home and chained to a table as punishment. Anna eventually escaped and continued her suit against her father, her siblings and her home town in a bitter legal battle that was to last 30 years and end only upon her death.Drawn from her surviving love letters and court records, The Burgermeister's Daughter is a fascinating examination of the politics of sexuality, gender and family in the 16th century, and a powerful testament to the courage and tenacity of a woman who defied the inequalities of this distant age.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
One The Story
1(34)
Two The Affairs
35(68)
Three On the Run
103(22)
Four Half a Loaf
125(18)
Five Siblings
143(24)
Six Witnesses
167(18)
Seven The Moral
185(10)
Notes 195(26)
Appendix: Biographical/Genealogical Essay 221(3)
Acknowledgments 224(1)
Index 225(3)
About the Author 228

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