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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Stjerna writes in a style that will be accessible to undergraduate students, and her sophisticated analyses draw on her extensive theological training and wide reading, so that the book will be useful for more advanced students and non-specialist scholars as well.” (The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, April 2010)

“This work should be viewed as a very welcome teaching resource: it provides novice undergraduate students of the early modern with the means to be informed about and inspired by the Reformation, whilst offering ample resources for postgraduates to develop ideas.” (Journal of Theological Studies, April 2010)

"Concise descriptions summarize basic biographical information and analyze the leadership role of these women in the larger reformatory movements. ... A thorough bibliography (thirty-six pages) offers wide possibilities for further reading. The book succeeds in its goal." (Religious Studies Review, December 2009)

"The text is fairly described as ground breaking. An extensive bibliography and a full index are provided. The price for such an academic study is refreshingly modest." (History, October 2008)

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
“Stjerna writes in a style that will be accessible to undergraduate students, and her sophisticated analyses draw on her extensive theological training and wide reading, so that the book will be useful for more advanced students and non-specialist scholars as well.”
Journal of Theological Studies
“This work should be viewed as a very welcome teaching resource: it provides novice undergraduate students of the early modern with the means to be informed about and inspired by the Reformation, whilst offering ample resources for postgraduates to develop ideas.”
Religious Studies Review
"Concise descriptions summarize basic biographical information and analyze the leadership role of these women in the larger reformatory movements. ... A thorough bibliography (thirty-six pages) offers wide possibilities for further reading. The book succeeds in its goal."
History
"The text is fairly described as ground breaking. An extensive bibliography and a full index are provided. The price for such an academic study is refreshingly modest."
Anglican and Episcopal History
“This volume presents an excellent starting point for scholars and students to learn more about women and the Reformation. The introduction is useful for its consideration of the term "Reformation" and the need not only for making women reformers subjects but also for enlarging and revising our knowledge of the Reformation… , Stjerna's use of a full array of sources enables her to present information not available in English.” “Stjerna successfully emphasizes the agency of women during the Reformation…” “This book would be worthwhile for undergraduate courses in the Reformation or Women and the Reformation.”
Evangelical Quarterly
“Stjerna has provided us with an invaluable resource, bringing together material that has been investigated and worked on over the last twenty or so years.” … “This book is written for students and those interested in general, and is therefore easily accessible”. “The overwhelming sense on reading the book is of meeting people who are all too often not part of the rich story of the Reformation. This book gives us a ‘thicker’ description of reform, deepening the sense of the people involved, the contexts they worked in, the impact individuals had, and the consequences of the decisions they took.” “The bibliographies, the notes and the introductory chapters enable students to understand the wider issues, and to make sense of the Reformation in a wider context and involving more than just Luther and Calvin”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405114233
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,370,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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. She is the editor of The Role of the Bishop: Changing Models for a Global Church (2001) and Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective (1998).
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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
Options and Visions for Women     9
Prophets, Visionaries, and Martyrs - Ursula Jost and her Publisher Margarethe Pruss     11
Introduction - Medieval Women Visionaries     11
Anabaptists and Martyrs     14
Prophets in Strasbourg and their Publisher Margarethe Pruss     17
Prophet Ursula Jost and her Visions     19
Conclusion     22
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
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
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
Women as Models, Leaders and Teachers of the Reformation     49
"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
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
Elisabeth von Brandenburg, 1485-1555, and Elisabeth von Braunschweig, 1510-1558 - Exiled Mothers, Reforming Rulers     87
Introduction     88
Elisabeth von Brandenburg nee Elisabeth of Denmark - A Reformer in Exile     89
Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Luneburg (Calenberg)     96
Conclusion     107
A Word about Sources and References     108
Katharina Schutz 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
Marie Dentiere, 1495-1561 - A Genevan Reformer and Writer     133
Introduction     133
Marie Dentiere - A Feminist Reformer and Biblical Interpreteter     135
Conclusion     146
A Word about Sources and References     147
Marguerite de Navarre, 1492-1549, and Jeanne d'Albret, 1528-1572 - The Protectors of the French Reformers     149
Introduction     150
Marguerite d'Angouleme/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
Renee de France, 1510-1575 - A Friend of the Huguenots     175
Introduction     176
Renee - A French Protector of Huguenots in Italy and France     177
Conclusion     195
A Word about Sources and References     196
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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