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

The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town
Author: Steven Ozment
ISBN 13: 9780060977214
ISBN 10: 60977213
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1997-02-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 227
List Price: $15.99

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.

Yale Review

Compelling, suspenseful, and 'sexy'...impossible to put down.