BN.com Gift Guide

Women and the Reformation / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $27.89
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 44%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $27.89   
  • New (5) from $30.09   
  • Used (5) from $27.89   

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

Read More Show Less

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”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405114233
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,118,671
  • 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).
Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)