Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

It is difficult to determine the rate of infant murder in Eichstätt. The rate of single motherhood is likewise difficult to uncover, as are the local attitudes towards it. Motherhood seems to have made Kunigunda Pronner's situation more precarious than it had been, keeping her out of employment. Her situation only stabilized after the death of her third child, and then through the employment offered by Anna Widman. What the witch-trial transcripts do reveal is the presence of at least one woman in the community who possessed a reputation for terminating unwanted pregnancies. This woman, Anna Harding, had other medical skills too. The transcripts also show that women of all classes used folk medicine as a complement or in preference to the prescriptions of authorized medical practitioners like barbers and physicians. Another medical figure who dominates the earlier interrogations of 1617 to 1619 is the midwife.

Keywords: Anna Harding; Eichstätt; Kunigunda Pronner; medical practitioners; midwife; motherhood; witch-trial transcripts



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation