Protestant Movements

Authored by: Merry Wiesner-Hanks

The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409418177
eBook ISBN: 9781315613765
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041054

10.4324/9781315613765.ch7

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Abstract

‘Teaching courses on the Reformation is no longer feasible without the inclusion of women as subjects in the story of the Reformation and its evaluation.’ 1 1

Stjerna, 2009, p. 1. See also Crawford, 1993; Broomhall, 2005; Mommertz and Opitz, 2008. For additional comments on recent historiography from an American perspective, see Karant-Nunn, 2000; from a German perspective, see Ehrenpries and Lotz-Heumann, 2002, pp. 92–9.

This first sentence of a new book designed for undergraduates and seminarians will be unremarkable to many students who read it, or at least to those in North America, who have grown up with women’s history as part of their school curricula. The author of the textbook, Kirsi Stjerna, is a pastor, church historian, and the director of the Institute for Luther Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest continuing Lutheran seminary in the Americas. She thus writes from the perspective of mainstream Protestant theological training, not a marginalized or radical fringe.

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