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Maria R. Boes

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Maria R. Boes


Early Modern European History, focusing on the judicial-legal and socio-economic treatment of Jews, Gypsies, Gays, Women, and Juveniles, as well as the role of the Military.

Select Publications

  • Boes, Maria R., Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Germany. Courts and Adjudicatory Practices in Frankfurt am Main, 1562-1696, Ashgate, UK, 2013. Read the review in Renaissance Quarterly
  • Boes, Maria R. "Unwanted Travellers: Tightening of City Borders in Early Modern Germany." In Borders and Travellers in Early Modern Europe. Tom Betteridge, ed. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2007.
  • Boes, Maria R., "'Dishonourable' youth, guilds, and the changed world view of sex, illegitimacy, and women in late sixteenth-century Germany," Continuity and Change 18, n. 3 (2003).
  • Boes, Maria R.,"On Trial for Sodomy in Early Modern Germany." In Sodomy in Early Modern Germany, Tom Betteridge, ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.
  • Boes, Maria R.,"Jews in the Criminal Justice System of Early Modern Germany," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30, n. 3 (Winter, 1999).
  • Boes, Maria R.,"Public Appearance and Criminal Judicial Practices in Early Modern Germany," Social Science History 20, n. 2 (1996).
  • Boes, Maria R.,"The treatment of juvenile delinquents in early modern Germany :a case study," Continuity and Change II (1), 1996.
  • Boes, Maria R.,"Women and the Penal System in Early Modern Germany," Criminal Justice History: An International Annual, Vol. XIII, 1992.

Select Book Reviews

  • Amy Leonard's Nails in the Wall. Nuns in Reformation Germany. University of Chicago Press, 2005, in Renaissance Quarterly 60, n. 3 (2007).
  • Sheilagh Ogilvie's A Bitter Living: Women, Markets and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany, Oxford University Press, 2003, in Renaissance Quarterly 58, n. 1 (2005).
  • Ulinka Rublack's (ed.) Gender in Early Modern Germany, Cambridge University Press, 2002, in Renaissance Quarterly 57, n. 1 (2004).


Ph.D.: The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. BA/MA: Hunter College, New York Contact

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