The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal In A Sixteenth-century German Town by Steven Ozment

The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal In A Sixteenth-century German Town

bySteven Ozment

Paperback | February 27, 1997

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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.

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Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University and the author of The B?rgermeister's Daughter; Flesh and Spirit; Ancestors; Protestants; and The Age of Reform, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Schaff History Prize. He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
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Title:The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal In A Sixteenth-century German TownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.64 inPublished:February 27, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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An award-winning scholar presents a haunting historical narrative about a rebellious 16-century woman who brought scandal upon her family and sued her own father when he tried to disinherit her. "A splendid and very unusual entry into the private life of the distant past".--"The New York Times Book Review". Illustrations

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"A splendid and very unusual entry into the private life of the distant past." (New York Times Book Review)