Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Brauner, Sigrid, 1950-1992.

Title Fearless wives and frightened shrews : the construction of the witch in early modern Germany / Sigrid Brauner ; edited with an introduction by Robert H. Brown ; foreword by Sara Lennox
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1995]
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 164 pages) : illustrations
Contents The modern witch: concept, history, context -- The Malleus maleficarum: witches as wanton women -- Martin Luther: witches and fearless wives -- Paul Rebhun: witches and bad wives -- Hans Sachs: the witch lurking within -- Burning the witch to tame the shrew -- Appendix: sixteenth-century terms for witches
Summary Brauner shows that the modern notion of the witch as a willful, conniving, promiscuous woman was first established by German Inquisitors in the Malleus maleficarum (1487). In subsequent works by Martin Luther and the sixteenth-century playwrights Paul Rebhun and Hans Sachs, the witch emerged as the counterpart to the new feminine ideal of the urban housewife. By demonstrating how the binary concepts of "good" housewife and "bad wife" (or witch) were propagated among the educated urban elite who presided over witch trials, Brauner suggests that the witch hunts functioned to discipline women who failed to display the docility and subservience expected of the new urban housewife
In fifteenth-century Germany, women were singled out as witches for the first time in history; this book explores why. Sigrid Brauner examines the connections among three central developments in early modern Germany: a shift in gender roles for women; the rise of a new urban ideal of femininity; and the witch hunts that swept across Europe from 1435 to 1750
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Berkeley
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-161) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda MiAaHDL
Print version record
Subject Feminism -- Germany -- History.
Trials (Witchcraft) -- Germany -- History.
Witchcraft -- Germany -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Brown, Robert H., 1952-
ISBN 058521736X (electronic bk.)
9780585217369 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)