Profiles of Anabaptist Women: Sixteenth-Century Reforming Pioneers

Profiles of Anabaptist Women: Sixteenth-Century Reforming Pioneers

by C. Arnold Snyder
     
 

ISBN-10: 088920277X

ISBN-13: 9780889202771

Pub. Date: 11/01/1990

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

During the upheavals of the Reformation, one of the most significant of the radical Protestant movements emerged — that of the Anabaptist movement. Profiles of Anabaptist Women provides lively, well-researched profiles of the courageous women who chose to risk prosecution and martyrdom to pursue this unsanctioned religion — a religion that, unlike

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During the upheavals of the Reformation, one of the most significant of the radical Protestant movements emerged — that of the Anabaptist movement. Profiles of Anabaptist Women provides lively, well-researched profiles of the courageous women who chose to risk prosecution and martyrdom to pursue this unsanctioned religion — a religion that, unlike the established religions of the day, initially offered them opportunity and encouragement to proselytize.

Derived from sixteenth-century government records and court testimonies, hymns, songs and poems, these profiles provide a panorama of life and faith experiences of women from Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Austria.

These personal stories of courage, faith, commitment and resourcefulness interweave women’s lives into the greater milieu, relating them to the dominant male context and the socio-political background of the Reformation. Taken together, these sketches will give readers an appreciation for the central role played by Anabaptist women in the emergence and persistence of this radical branch of Protestantism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889202771
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1990
Series:
Studies in Women and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.85(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Illustrations
Introduction1
ISwiss Anabaptist Women
The Swiss Anabaptist Context19
Agnes Zender of Aarau25
Agnes Linck from Biel32
Adelheit Schwartz of Watt38
Margret Hottinger of Zollikon43
Elsbeth Theiller of Horgen54
Anna Scharnschlager of Hopfgarten, Tirol58
Margaret Hellwart of Beutelsbach64
IISouth German/Austrian Anabaptist Women
The South German/Austrian Anabaptist Context71
Anabaptist Women Leaders in Augsburg82
Sabina Bader of Augsburg106
Magdalena, Walpurga, and Sophia Marschalk von Pappenheim111
Helena von Freyberg of Munichau124
Anna Gasser of Lusen140
Anabaptist Women in Tirol who Recanted156
Elisabeth von Wolkenstein of Uttenheim164
Katharina Purst Hutter of Sterzing178
Wives, Female Leaders, and Two Female Martyrs from Hall187
Ursula Hellrigel of the Otz Valley and Annelein of Freiburg195
Women in the Chronicle of the Hutterian Brethren202
Women in the Hutterite Song Book (Die Lieder der Hutterischen Bruder)222
IIINorth German/Dutch Anabaptist Women
The North German/Dutch Anabaptist Context247
Margarethe Pruss of Strasbourg258
Ursula Jost and Barbara Rebstock of Strasbourg273
Hille Feicken of Sneek288
Divara of Haarlem298
Fenneke van Geelen of Deventer305
Women Supporters of David Joris316
Anna Jansz of Rotterdam336
Maria and Ursula van Beckum352
Elisabeth and Hadewijk of Friesland359
Soetken van den Houte of Oudenaarde365
Anna Hendriks of Amsterdam378
Soetjen Gerrits of Rotterdam and Vrou Gerrits of Medemblik384
AppendixReview of the Literature on Women in the Reformation and Radical Reformation406
Index416
Contributors to Profiles of Anabaptist Women436

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