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Panaceia's DaughtersNoblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany$
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Alisha Rankin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226925387

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226925394.001.0001

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Pharmacy for Princesses

Pharmacy for Princesses

(p.1) Introduction Pharmacy for Princesses
Panaceia's Daughters

Alisha Rankin

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the healing reputation of noblewomen in Germany during the 16th century. It explores the situation of women's work in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. It notes that women at that time were nearly all devout Lutherans, such as Electress Anna of Saxony, Duchess Anna Maria of Wurttemberg, Duchess Eleonora of Wurttemberg, Countess Anna of Hohenlohe, Countess Juliane of Nassau-Dillenberg, Duchess Sybille of Wurttemberg, Countess Elisabeth of Saxony, and Duchess Elisabeth of Rochlitz. It discusses women and pharmacy, and argues that medicine carried inherent feminine connotations in early modern Europe. It also explains patronage and print, specifically the increased involvement of princesses in court pharmacy.

Keywords:   Germany, Protestant reformation, devout Lutherans, women's work, court pharmacy

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