"On the feast of St. Michael, September 1659, a thirteen-year-old peasant girl left her family's rural home to work as a maid in the nearby city of Brunswick. Just two years later, Grethe Schmidt found herself imprisoned and accused of murdering her bastard child. Filled with political intrigue, Death and a Maiden tells a fascinating story that began in the bedchamber of a house in Brunswick and ended at the court of Duke Augustus in the city of Wolfenbüttel. No one was ever able to prove conclusively that Grethe had been pregnant and no infant's body was ever found to justify her prosecution. But, from one accusation, Grethe's tale spiraled outward to set a defense lawyer and legal theorist against powerful city magistrates and then upward to a legal contest between that city and its overlord, the Duchy of Brunswick, with the city's ancient liberties hanging in the balance. Myers weaves the story of Grethe's arrest, torture, trial, and sentence for "suspected infanticide," into a detailed account of the workings of the criminal system in continental Europe, including the nature of interrogations, the process of torture, and the creation of a "criminal" identity over time. He presents an in-depth examination of a system in which torture was both legal and an important part of criminal investigations. This story serves as a captivating slice of European history as well as a highly informative look at the condition of poor women and the legal system in mid-17th century Germany. General readers and scholars alike will be riveted by Grethe's ordeal."--Publisher's website.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-30 - Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Chief Inspector Quantrill was a very sensible policeman. But Shakespeare was not on his beat and he was not sure who Ophelia was. His ignorance embarrassed him when Mary Gedge, the most brilliant young girl in Ashthorpe, was found dead in the river, apparently drowned in shallow water while gathering
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-18 - Publisher: Routledge
A remarkable number of Greek myths concern the plight of virgins – slaughtered, sacrificed, hanged, transformed into birds, cows, dear, bears, trees, and punished in Hades. Death and the Maiden, first published in 1989, contextualises this mythology in terms of geography, history and culture, and offers a comprehensive theory firmly
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-06 - Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Threatened by soldiers on the outside and turmoil on the inside, Jonathan Barrett valiantly fights to protect his family and the peace of the Barrett estate in this thrilling sequel to Red Death. Nearly consumed by his dark desires, Jonathan struggles to control his supernatural powers and his overwhelming thirst
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-12-01 - Publisher: Penguin Books
“Suspenseful, riveting . . . Achieves a universality that is movingly personal.” —The New York Times The explosively provocative, award-winning drama set in a country that has just emerged from a totalitarian dictatorship Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the