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After reading Michael Kunzes The Highroad to the Stake I feel that the Ironmasters wife has a very unfortunate life yet she did not look for pity she made the best of the situation Her lifestyle is one that is not glorious or even desirable yet the way she lives it is almost admirable She has to deal with certain appalling facts about herself and her husband that most l people normally dont even think about and she did it the best way possible I feel that she solely responsible for maintaining some type of sanity in her entire household To be a member of the lowest caste of society during the early modern period in Europe meant that you were involved in some type of lowly profession A few examples of these professions included things such as gravediggers beggars which was considered a profession as you needed a license to do this at the time and a jailer When one was a jailer they were excluded from society people turned their heads away from them Reasons for this may have been that people didnt want to see the man that carried out the brutal punishments the courts concocted The people had no problem with torturing a man and his family but they couldnt actually face the man who had done it The only thing worse than being a jailer is being a jailers wife She had to try to raise a healthy family under these harsh conditions while being ignored by society People in the street did not see her simply as a housewife they avoided her as dishonorable on account of her husbands occupation Kunze 292 Her family lived in Falcon Tower with the prisoners and that is where she had to try and meek out some sort of existence I believe she had done everything in her power to make her life seem as normal and
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