Putování Marty vojandy – osudy dcery pastora Modlera za třicetileté války
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Travels of soldier Marta – the life story of pastor Modler’s daughter during the Thirty Year War
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Marta Modlerová, as one of the few unmarried women without parents in the 17th century, left behind a deeper trace in early modern sources. Although her story survived only in a shortened form as a record in a pitch book (a protocol on the right to torture, Sternberg 1635), its geographical and chronographic reach allows microhistorical elaboration and explanation of her “historically plausible world”. Episodes in the store serve as an outline for a broader analysis of the woman’s life during the Thirty Year War, where we can see Marta as a servant, sutler or a housemaid involved in infanticide investigation. Her travels around the lands of Bohemia in the men’s clothes are also unusual, but, unlike other known cases (works by Rudolph Dekker or Angela Steidele), we can interpret it only as Marta’s reaction to the unexpected circumstances. The travels of soldier Marta are also unusual because of support from the Sternberg duke, which she experienced.
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