Fearless Wives and Frightened Shrews

The Construction of the Witch in Early Modern Germany
How witchcraft in Germany first came to be associated with women


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.

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