A Lesbian Execution in Germany, 1721: The Trial Records

TitleA Lesbian Execution in Germany, 1721: The Trial Records
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsEriksson, Brigitte
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Start Page27-40

In 1891, Dr. F. C. Müller of Alexandersbad published in Friedreich's Blätter für gerichtliche Medizin und Sanitätspolizei a transcription from the Prussian State Archives of a trial of two lesbians that took place in Halberstadt in 1721. The records, translated here, describe in lively detail the religious life, wanderings, and lesbian relations of Catharina Margaretha Linck. Linck was tried for committing sodomy with their lover, Catharina Margaretha Mühlhahn. The trial documents also reveal with some particularity the legal questions raised by lesbian relations in the early eighteenth century with regard to moral theology, Saxon law, and psychological theories. [publisher]

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