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Mouldered Away In The Tower With The Fruit Of The Womb? On The Treatment Of Pregnant Anabaptist Women Under Criminal Law

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The German Anabaptists wanted to lift the world off its religious-social hinges and, for this, they were persecuted and punished. Heart-rending scenes occurred everywhere the Anabaptists gained a foothold. The records are full of hunting parties, judges, and their victims, who, in the best case, could receive mercy only if they recanted or came across an indulgent government authority. Gender-specific considerations could play a role in the treatment of prisoners. Completely in accord with the tradition of the protection of the life of the unborn and the expectant mother, pregnant Anabaptist women benefited from a series of privileges ranging from more comfortable accommodation to the temporary or permanent suspension of the sentence. Since the treatment of pregnant Anabaptist women depended on the facts of each individual case, general judgments are diffcult to make.

Keywords: German Anabaptists; hunting parties; pregnant Anabaptist women; religious-social hinges



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