Slander

I’m talking about the midwives all,

whose heads are empty as a hall,

and through their dreadful negligence,

cause babies’ deaths devoid of sense.

So thus we see far and about,

official murder, there’s no doubt.

Ich meyn die Hebammen alle sampt

Die also gar kein wissen handt

Darzu durch ihr Hynlessigkeit

Kind verderben weit und breit

In Edward Shorter’s A History of Women’s Bodies. 1982. Allan Lane. Translation by Shorter.

Shorter cites Gustav Klein, ed., Eucharius Rösslin’s “Rosengarten” (Munich, 1910),p.8. The first German edition, Der Swangern Frauwen und Hebammen Rosegarten, appeared in 1540 in Worms in 1513, and the first English edition, The Byrth of Mankynde, appeared in 1540 in London.