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The Crimes of Women in Early Modern Germany

Ulinka Rublack


This book studies ‘deviant’ women. It presents an 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. The book uses criminal trials to illuminate the social status and conflicts of women living through the Reformation and Thirty Years War, telling, for the first time, the stories of cutpurses, maidservants' dangerous liaisons, and artisans' troubled marriages. It provides a thought-provoking analysis of labeling and sentencing processes, and of the punishments infl ... More

Keywords: deviant women, theft, infanticide, sexual crimes, early modern Germany, criminal trials, sentencing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulinka Rublack, author
St John's College, Cambridge