Meet Anne Le Fert

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Anne, the one time sister-in-law of religious leader John Calvin, went on trial for adultery twice. The first time the possible adultery was reported by John Calvin, who would act as a kind of lawyer for his brother in both cases. This first accusation of adultery caused the Consistory to investigate closely, but they held that the couple should attempt to reconcile, as it seems Anne had only been imprudent; adultery could not be proven. After this period of reconciliation, (during which at least two children were born) the Calvin brothers decided Anne had become too familiar with a male servant and once again filed charges of adultery. After close questioning, jail time, and a few periods of torture Anne held that she was innocent. The Consistory ruled in favor of the Calvin brothers with divorce granted and Anne banished as the evidence was too thin for the death penalty…

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