The Trial of Jeanne Catherine: Infanticide in Early Modern Geneva
Beam, Sara, The Trial of Jeanne Catherine: Infanticide in Early Modern Geneva, University of Toronto Press, 2021
In 1686 in Geneva, a single mother named Jeanne Catherine Thomasset is charged with poisoning two young children: her own illegitimate daughter and the son of a rural wet nurse. So begins a harrowing criminal trial during which authorities interrogate Jeanne Catherine several times, sometimes with torture, to determine the truth.
The Trial of Jeanne Catherine is a suspenseful historical mystery that offers students the opportunity to learn about motherhood, child rearing, gender, religion, local politics, and the practice of criminal justice in early modern Europe.
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