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By Steven Ozment

In an period whilst ladies have been purported to be disciplined and obedient, Anna proved to be neither. Defying 16th-century social mores, she used to be the widespread topic of gossip as a result of her conceited gown and flirtatious habit. whilst her prosperous father stumbled on that she was once having mystery, simultaneous affairs with a tender nobleman and a cavalryman, he became her out of the home in rage, but if she sued him for monetary help, he had her captured, lower back domestic and chained to a desk as punishment. Anna finally escaped and persisted her go well with opposed to her father, her siblings and her domestic city in a sour criminal conflict that used to be to final 30 years and finish purely upon her dying. Drawn from her surviving love letters and court docket files, The Burgermeister's Daughter is an interesting exam of the politics of sexuality, gender and kinfolk within the sixteenth century, and a strong testomony to the braveness and tenacity of a girl who defied the inequalities of this far away age.

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ANNA TO ERASMUS (AUGUST The D AU GHT ER 14, 1522) My humble, obedient, and kindest greeting, most darlingly gracious sir. I am letting your grace know that I went crazy [in your absence] and was unable to do virtually anything. As your grace thinks that we are in the same situation, I am letting your grace know that my father is now away and won't return before St. Michael's Day [September 29] or later. So I leave it up to your grace to act. If your grace has something in mind, send Hans to me and I will give him instructions.

However, the council did fine him fifty gulden for immoral conduct (fornication), and he did spend some time in jail, while the council debated the case. 47 In dealing with Ursula, the council prescribed a more severe penalty, but one which, uncharacteristically, it did not in the end enforce. Ordered in November to leave Hall lands immediately with her six- The Affairs • 61 month-old child, she became the recipient of a groundswell of support from a number of citizens, both men and women, who had known and respected her parents and had watched her unsuccessful litigation sympathetically.

8 {9}. ANNA TO ERASMUS (AUGUST The D AU GHT ER 15, 1521) ... Your grace is always writing to tell me to be of good cheer. But [I again ask] with whom? That your grace's letter doesn't say. The one I want to be cheerful with is not nearby. 34 If only things could be as they once were, then I would gladly be of good cheer! But now I know only sadness. Dearest, gracious sir, I live in constant fear that someone has slandered me to your grace, and it deeply troubles me. Should anyone actually do so, I beg your grace to believe it neither a little nor a lot; people are simply making up things about me.

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