Women and the Reformation / Edition 1
  • Women and the Reformation / Edition 1
  • Women and the Reformation / Edition 1

Women and the Reformation / Edition 1

by Kirsi Stjerna
     
 

Women were critical participants in Christian life during the Reformations. Women and the Reformation gathers historical materials and personal accounts to provide a comprehensive and accessible look at the status and contributions of women as leaders in the sixteenth-century Protestant world.

Examining individual stories from women of the times, this volume

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Overview

Women were critical participants in Christian life during the Reformations. Women and the Reformation gathers historical materials and personal accounts to provide a comprehensive and accessible look at the status and contributions of women as leaders in the sixteenth-century Protestant world.

Examining individual stories from women of the times, this volume includes biographical sketches from figures as diverse as the ex-nun Katharina von Bora Luther, Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, the prophetess Ursula Jost, and the learned Olimpia Fulvia Morata. The first book of its kind, this groundbreaking text brings together social history and theology to provide an original assessment of the theological effects these women had in Christian life and spirituality.

About the Author:
Kirsi Stjerna is Associate Professor of Reformation Church History and Director of the Institute for Luther Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405114233
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/21/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

The Vision and the Scope of the Book 1

The Term “Reformation” and Inclusivity Concerns 3

Visionary Studies on Women and the Reformation 5

Women in this Book 7

Part 1 Options and Visions for Women 9

1 Prophets, Visionaries, and Martyrs – Ursula Jost and her Publisher Margarethe Prüss 11

Introduction – Medieval Women Visionaries 11

Anabaptists and Martyrs 14

Prophets in Strasbourg and their Publisher Margarethe Prüss 17

Prophet Ursula Jost and her Visions 19

Conclusion 22

2 The Monastic Option – The Struggle of the Convents 23

Introduction – The Drama of Closing the Convents 23

An Excursion – Monastic Calling 24

Nuns’ Fight for Freedom 26

Conclusion 30

3 Marriage and Motherhood – The Preferred Calling 32

Introduction – Marriage Only? 32

The Holy Marital Vocation 33

Pastors’ Wives 35

Motherhood, Prostitution, Divorce 37

Conclusion 38

4 Learning and Power – An Elusive Option 40

Introduction: The Impetus and Obstacles for Theological Writing 40

Writing with and without Visions 42

The Education Factor 43

The Educated Women 46

Part 2 Women as Models, Leaders and Teachers of the Reformation 49

5 “Herr Doktor” Katharina von Bora, 1499–1552. The Lutheran Matriarch 51

Introduction 52

Katharina – From a Nun to the Ultimate Reformer’s Spouse 52

Conclusion 67

A Word about Sources and References 69

6 Argula von Grumbach, 1492 to 1563/68? – A Bavarian Apologist and a Pamphleteer 71

Introduction 72

Argula as a Defender of Faith – A Valiant Christian, or a Devilish Woman? 73

Conclusion 83

A Word about Sources and References 85

7 Elisabeth von Brandenburg, 1485–1555, and Elisabeth von Braunschweig, 1510–1558 – Exiled Mothers, Reforming Rulers 87

Introduction 88

Elisabeth von Brandenburg née Elisabeth of Denmark – A Reformer in Exile 89

Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Lüneburg (Calenberg) 96

Conclusion 107

A Word about Sources and References 108

8 Katharina Schütz Zell, 1498–1562 – A Publishing Church Mother in Strasbourg 109

Introduction 109

A Church Mother, a Pastoral Care Provider, a Writer, Even a Preacher 110

Conclusion 130

A Word about Sources and References 131

9 Marie Dentière, 1495–1561 – A Genevan Reformer and Writer 133

Introduction 133

Marie Dentière – A Feminist Reformer and Biblical Interpreteter 135

Conclusion 146

A Word about Sources and References 147

10 Marguerite de Navarre, 1492–1549, and Jeanne d’Albret, 1528–1572 – The Protectors of the French Reformers 149

Introduction 150

Marguerite d’Angoulême/de Navarre – The Illustrious Queen, Writer and Spiritual Mother 150

Jeanne d’Albret, a Protestant Queen and a Huguenot leader 158

Conclusion 173

A Word about Sources and References 174

11 Renée de France, 1510–1575 – A Friend of the Huguenots 175

Introduction 176

Renée – A French Protector of Huguenots in Italy and France 177

Conclusion 195

A Word about Sources and References 196

12 Olimpia Fulvia Morata, 1526/27–1555 – An Italian Scholar 197

Introduction 197

Olimpia Fulvia Morata, a Classicist Huguenot Teacher 199

Conclusion 210

A Word about Sources and References 212

Conclusions and Observations on Gender and the Reformation 213

Reformation and Gender, Changes and Losses 213

Individual Choices and Women’s Experiences 216

The Options for Women 217

Reformers’ Ideas about Women 219

Sola Scriptura, Education, and Legal Matters 219

Conclusion 221

Bibliography 223

Options and Visions for Women 223

Women as Models, Leaders and Teachers of the Reformation 232

Index 259

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