Noble Strategies

Marriage and Sexuality in the Zimmern Chronicle

By (author) Judith J. Hurwich

Hardback - £39.95

Publication date:

01 June 2006

Length of book:

280 pages


Truman State University Press

ISBN-13: 9781931112598

Through the colorful family histories and rich detail of the Zimmern Chronicle, historian Judith Hurwich examines marriage, family, and sexuality among the early modern German nobility. She uses the house chronicles of the Zimmern family and the families of the counts and barons with whom they intermarried to investigate marriage and nonmarital sexuality in the southwest German nobility in the late fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries. Along with a deeper look at women’s roles as wives, mothers, and concubines, Noble Strategies shines a light on the intimate lives of the early modern German elite.

“An insightful close reading of the sixteenth-century Zimmern Chronicle that provides us with a valuable insider’s perspective on virtually every aspect of noble marriage, from courtship to marital breakdown.”

—Joel F. Harrington