Elisabeth of Schönau is one of a handful of women who wrote about their own religious experiences and personal spirituality before the turn of the 13th century. She helps us to understand female spirituality at the time as well as influencing contemporary thought on male-female relationships.
At first glance, the life of Beatrice of Nazareth does not seem to be that different from what we would expect of a 13th-century nun. However, Beatrice’s mysticism and writings continue to fascinate historians today!
Catherine of Siena was born on this day in 1347. Though she only lived to be 33, in her short life Catherine became a political player, mystic, author and saint. Here’s a little bit about her life!
Julian of Norwich was a 15th century English mystic, author and anchorite. In her early thirties she recieved a number of revelations from God which she records in her book ‘Revelations of Divine Love’. Here’s a little about her life and her writings!
The story of Heloise and Abelard is one which has captured the attention of hundreds of generations. However, the misteaching of this story by the Church has had problematic consequences.
Every generation has produced incredible Christian theologians and thinkers. However, a lot of these are little read to day. This is especially true of the Medieval Female Theologians and Authors who enjoyed great popularity until the Reformation. So here are 7 authors you should read!
Katharina Schütz Zell was a key member of the Strasbourg Reformers. As the 4th clerical wife, Katharina carved out her own ministry paving the way for future generations of women. But it was not easy for her.
Marguerite de Navarre was a French Princess, Duchess and Queen. She was there at the beginning of the Reformation and despite the limitations placed upon her, she did all she could to promote the Reformation in France, Navarre and beyond.
Ursula of Münsterberg was born into a noble family and as was normal for girls of her status, took monastic vows in her early teens. But she grew up to become a smuggler of Lutheran books and one of many runaway nuns.
Regina Filipowska & Margareta Ruarowna were two Arian poets who played an active role in the Polish Reformation, though we know little about them today.