When it came to women being involved in ministry and Church life, the male Reformers found themselves caught between what they thought theologically and want they needed practically.
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.
Anna Pedersdotter was the wife of a Lutheran pastor. When he husbands actions proved unpopular with the local community, it was Anna not he who faced the consequences – a witch trial!
Anna Reinhart Zwingli was the very first wife of a Reformer. She lived a life centred around Christ but constantly under the shadow of great danger.
In her sixty years Wilbrandis; married four times (three times to Reformers); was widowed four times; had 11 children and burried most in their childhood; she lived through war, famine, exile and three plagues; all whilst maintaining her zeal for the Reformation.
Katharina von Bora – Wife of Martin Luther, Mother of 6, Adopted Mother of 11, Doctor, Farmer, Gardener, Brewer, and Whatever else she was…
Eléanor de Roye understood herself to be called as a Christian first. It was within the context of this wider calling that Eléanor placed her roles as a mother, wife and Reformer.
Louise de Coligny lived most of her life surrounded by the religious conflict of her time. She even lost both of her husbands as a result of religious assassinations. Yet, Louise remained faithful to her beliefs and to her children, and because of this she was able to secure peace.
Charlotte de Bourbon was born a Catholic, raised a nun and became an abbess. Then, in 1571 she decided to forsake home, family and wealth in order to openly practice the faith she actually believed.
“If you desert me, God will not desert me” – 1599