By Kirsi Stjerna
Women and the Reformation gathers historic fabrics and private debts to supply a complete and available examine the prestige and contributions of ladies as leaders within the sixteenth century Protestant world.
- Explores the recent and elevated position as middle members in Christian existence that ladies skilled throughout the Reformation
- Examines different person tales from ladies of the days, starting from biographical sketches of the ex-nun Katharina von Bora Luther and Queen Jeanne d’Albret, to the prophetess Ursula Jost and the realized Olimpia Fulvia Morata
- Brings jointly social historical past and theology to supply a groundbreaking quantity at the theological results that those girls had on Christian existence and spirituality
- Accompanied by means of an internet site at www.blackwellpublishing.com/stjerna supplying student’s entry to the writings by means of the ladies featured within the book
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She had reflected on her theology and her response to the reformers’ theologies and had concluded accordingly. Based on her reading of Scripture and her theological reasoning, she was better off in her convent. 1534) wrote about her reasons for leaving her convent in correspondence with her cousins the Saxon dukes George (the Bearded) and Heinrich the Pious (his successor), and the elector of Saxony, Johann Der Beständige (the Steadfast). This originally private correspondence between family members for and against Ursula’s decision to escape came to provide juicy propaganda material for the Protestant reformers.
Katharina Schütz Zell exercised a call to public ministry and involved herself in the life of the church as her husband’s equal partner, also in theological discourse. Wibrandis Rosenblatt may have set a record in how many Protestant reformers one woman could support by marrying them – she married and was predeceased by three after her first husband left her a widow! Less is known of Anna Reinhart-Zwingli, Katharina Melanchthon, and Idelette de Bure, perhaps because they and their husbands had more reserved personalities.
But Protestant pastors, with their sermons and homilies, consciously raised the role of wife and mother to a new level of importance and respect. Vocation or Christian calling included more than the religious life of the convent. The vocation of wife and mother gained recognition as God-given with religious and social importance. (Blaisdell 1985, 20, also 22) The message given to women by the preachers was that marriage was now the highest and most desirable state. Since most women both before and after the Reformation did marry (convent life was for a small group only), this must have sounded pleasing to a large majority of women.