New PDF release: Death and a Maiden: Infanticide and the Tragical History of

By William David Myers

ISBN-10: 0875804373

ISBN-13: 9780875804378

ISBN-10: 0875806694

ISBN-13: 9780875806693

On the dinner party of St. Michael, September 1659, a thirteen-year-old peasant lady left her family’s rural domestic to paintings as a maid within the within sight urban of Braunschweig. simply years later, Grethe Schmidt came upon herself imprisoned and accused of murdering her bastard baby, even supposing the actual fact of her being pregnant was once inconclusive and no infant’s physique used to be came across to justify the critical measures used opposed to her. the story spiraled outward to set a safeguard legal professional and felony theorist opposed to strong urban magistrates after which upward to a criminal contest among that urban and its overlord, the Duchy of Brunswick, with the city’s independence and historic liberties striking within the balance.

Death and a Maiden tells a desirable tale that starts off within the bedchamber of a home in Brunswick and ends on the court docket of Duke Augustus within the urban of Wolfenbüttel, with political intrigue alongside the best way. After millions of pages of testimony and rancorous felony trade, it really is nonetheless now not transparent that any homicide happened.

Myers infuses the tale of Grethe’s arrest, torture, trial, and sentence for “suspected infanticide,” with a close account of the workings of the felony procedure in continental Europe, together with the character of interrogations, the method of torture, and the construction of a “criminal” identification through the years. He offers an in-depth exam of a legal approach during which torture used to be either criminal and a major a part of legal investigations. This tale serves as an enthralling slice of eu background in addition to a hugely informative examine the situation of negative ladies and the criminal method in mid-17th century Germany. normal readers and students alike may be riveted by means of Grethe’s ordeal.

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