Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin

Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin

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Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin by Marie Dentière

Born to a noble family in Tournai, Marie Dentière (1495-1561) left her convent in the 1520s to work for religious reform. She married a former priest and with her husband went to Switzerland, where she was active in the Reformation's takeover of Geneva.

Dentière's Very Useful Epistle (1539) is the first explicit statement of reformed theology by a woman to appear in French. Addressed to Queen Marguerite of Navarre, sister of the French king Francis I, the Epistle asks the queen to help those persecuted for their religious beliefs. Dentière offers a stirring defense of women and asserts their right to teach the word of God in public. She defends John Calvin against his enemies and attacks the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Her Preface (1561) to one of Calvin's sermons criticizes immodesty and extravagance in clothing and warns the faithful to be vigilant. Undaunted in the face of suppression and ridicule, this outspoken woman persisted as an active voice in the Reformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226142753
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Series: Other Voice in Early Modern Europe
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 277 KB

About the Author

Mary B. McKinley is the Douglas Huntly Gordon Professor of French at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Words in a Corner: Studies in Montaigne's Latin Quotations and Les terrains vagues des "Essais": Itinéraires et intertextes.

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