Five Women of the English Reformation #2020

Five Women of the English Reformation By Paul F.M. Zahl Five Women of the English Reformation Books on the history of the Reformation are filled with the heroic struggles and sacrifices of men But this compelling volume puts the spotlight on five strong and intellectually gifted women who bec
  • Title: Five Women of the English Reformation
  • Author: Paul F.M. Zahl
  • ISBN: 9780802830456
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Five Women of the English Reformation By Paul F.M. Zahl Books on the history of the Reformation are filled with the heroic struggles and sacrifices of men But this compelling volume puts the spotlight on five strong and intellectually gifted women who, because of their absolute and unconditional commitment to the advancement of Protestant Christianity, paid the cost of their reforming convictions with martyrdom, imprisonment,Books on the history of the Reformation are filled with the heroic struggles and sacrifices of men But this compelling volume puts the spotlight on five strong and intellectually gifted women who, because of their absolute and unconditional commitment to the advancement of Protestant Christianity, paid the cost of their reforming convictions with martyrdom, imprisonment, and exile Anne Boleyn 1507 1536 introduced the Reformation to England, and Katharine Parr 1514 1548 saved it Both women were riveted by early versions of the justification by faith doctrine that originated with Martin Luther and came to them through France As a result, Anne Boleyn was beheaded Katharine Parr narrowly avoided the same fate Sixteen year old Jane Grey 1537 1554 and Anne Askew 1521 1546 both dared to criticize the Mass and were pioneers of Protestant views concerning superstition and symbols Jane Grey was executed because of her Protestantism Anne Askew was tortured and burned at the stake Catherine Willoughby 1520 1580 anticipated later Puritan teachings on predestination and election and on the reformation of the church nursing baby into exile Paul Zahl vividly tells the stories of these five mothers of the English Reformation All of these women were powerful theologians intensely interested in the religious concerns of their day All but Anne Boleyn left behind a considerable body of written work some of which is found in this book s appendices It is the theological aspect of these women s remarkable achievements that Zahl seeks to underscore Moreover, he also considers what the stories of these women have to say about the relation of gender to theology, human motivation, and God An important epilogue by Mary Zahl contributes a contemporary woman s view of these fascinating historical figures Extraordinary by any standard, Anne Boleyn, Anne Askew, Katharine Parr, Jane Grey, and Catherine Willoughby remain rich subjects for reflection and emulation hundreds of years later The personalities of these five women, who spoke their Christian convictions with presence of mind and sharp intelligence within situations of life and death duress, are almost totemic in our enduring search for role models.
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    1. Paul F.M. Zahl

      The Very Rev Dr Paul Francis Matthew Zahl is a retired Episcopal priest He formerly was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD, and dean and president of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA He studied at Chapel Hill, Harvard, St John s College Nottingham , the University of Nottingham, Trinity College Bristol , Wycliffe Hall Oxford and the University of Tubingen, where he received his doctorate in systematic theology in 1994 He has also served as rector of Episcopal churches in Scarborough, NY and Charleston, SC was Curate of Grace Church in New York City and was Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent Episcopal in Birmingham, AL He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three sons, John, David and Simeon.

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    1. Very interesting content I quite enjoyed this brief overview of these five women, their beliefs, and how they helped to shape the English reformation At times however, I found the structure of the book to be cumbersome, making it slightly difficult to enjoy At the same time it was a quick read, and well worth the time This book whet my appetite to study these women further.


    2. I bought this book on a whim As an admirer of Anne Boleyn I saw in the blurb that the author had written about Anne and her religious beliefs and I thought it would be an interesting to learn about Anne s faith This book looks at five women of the English Reformation Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Jane Grey, Anne Askew and Catherine Willoughby Each chapter gives a brief history of the woman and then moves on to talk about their religious beliefs, the evidence that we have surviving which attests [...]



    3. This was an amazing book full of so much great information I learned so much Paul Zahl does a masterful job of presenting the lives, the faith and the courage of five women of the English Reformation He begins with Anne Boleyn, 2nd wife of Henry VIII and mother of future Queen Elizabeth I, who was beheaded and buried in an unmarked grave The author continues with the stories of four women who were part of a inner circle of believers who loved to study their illegal bibles together They were able [...]


    4. contrary to what the author believes,if you are interested in the history of the anglican church or king henry the eighth, you will recognize the majority of the women he wtites about.good over view of these women and the beginnings of the anglican church.


    5. Good starting point for people interested in the topic Not at all exhaustive just enough info to whet my appetite for His favorable opinion of Anne Boleyn led me to read on her, and I m looking forward to doing the same with Lady Jane Grey, the author s favorite reformer.


    6. Didn t really enjoy the setup of the book I did enjoy learning about each women, but I didn t like how each section was chopped up, not easy to read.



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