This text brings together eleven important pieces by Merry Wiesner, several of them previously unpublished, on three major areas in the study of women and gender in early modern Germany: religion, law and work. The final chapter, specially written for this volume addresses three fundamental questions: "Did women have a Reformation?"; "What effects did the development of capitalism have on women?"; and "Do the concepts 'Renaissance' and 'Early Modern' apply to women's experience?" The book concludes with an extensive bibliographical essay exploring both English and German scholarship.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

W omen’s defence of their public role

part |2 pages

part one : R elig ion

chapter |3 pages

Introductory essay

chapter 4|16 pages

The Reformation of the women

part |2 pages

part four : In C onclusion