Profiles of Anabaptist Women: Sixteenth-Century Reforming Pioneers

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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: CCSR
  • Publication date: 11/1/1990
  • 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)

Meet the Author

C. Arnold Snyder’s research focuses on sixteenth-century Radical Reformation studies, with a specialization in the Anabaptist branch. Currently, he teaches history at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, and is editor of The Conrad Grebel Review.
Linda A. Huebert Hecht is an independent scholar in Waterloo, Ontario, and author of several articles on Anabaptist women.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Swiss Anabaptist Women
The Swiss Anabaptist Context 19
Agnes Zender of Aarau 25
Agnes Linck from Biel 32
Adelheit Schwartz of Watt 38
Margret Hottinger of Zollikon 43
Elsbeth Theiller of Horgen 54
Anna Scharnschlager of Hopfgarten, Tirol 58
Margaret Hellwart of Beutelsbach 64
II South German/Austrian Anabaptist Women
The South German/Austrian Anabaptist Context 71
Anabaptist Women Leaders in Augsburg 82
Sabina Bader of Augsburg 106
Magdalena, Walpurga, and Sophia Marschalk von Pappenheim 111
Helena von Freyberg of Munichau 124
Anna Gasser of Lusen 140
Anabaptist Women in Tirol who Recanted 156
Elisabeth von Wolkenstein of Uttenheim 164
Katharina Purst Hutter of Sterzing 178
Wives, Female Leaders, and Two Female Martyrs from Hall 187
Ursula Hellrigel of the Otz Valley and Annelein of Freiburg 195
Women in the Chronicle of the Hutterian Brethren 202
Women in the Hutterite Song Book (Die Lieder der Hutterischen Bruder) 222
III North German/Dutch Anabaptist Women
The North German/Dutch Anabaptist Context 247
Margarethe Pruss of Strasbourg 258
Ursula Jost and Barbara Rebstock of Strasbourg 273
Hille Feicken of Sneek 288
Divara of Haarlem 298
Fenneke van Geelen of Deventer 305
Women Supporters of David Joris 316
Anna Jansz of Rotterdam 336
Maria and Ursula van Beckum 352
Elisabeth and Hadewijk of Friesland 359
Soetken van den Houte of Oudenaarde 365
Anna Hendriks of Amsterdam 378
Soetjen Gerrits of Rotterdam and Vrou Gerrits of Medemblik 384
Appendix Review of the Literature on Women in the Reformation and Radical Reformation 406
Index 416
Contributors to Profiles of Anabaptist Women 436
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