By Marie Dentière
Born to a noble relations in Tournai, Marie Denti?re (1495-1561) left her convent within the 1520s to paintings for spiritual reform. She married a former priest and together with her husband went to Switzerland, the place she was once lively within the Reformation's takeover of Geneva.Denti?re's Very worthwhile Epistle (1539) is the 1st specific assertion of reformed theology by means of a lady to seem in French. Addressed to Queen Marguerite of Navarre, sister of the French king Francis I, the Epistle asks the queen to assist these persecuted for his or her non secular ideals. Denti?re bargains a stirring safeguard of girls and asserts their correct to educate the note of God in public. She defends John Calvin opposed to his enemies and assaults the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Her Preface (1561) to 1 of Calvin's sermons criticizes immodesty and extravagance in garments and warns the devoted to be vigilant. Undaunted within the face of suppression and mock, this outspoken lady continued as an lively voice within the Reformation.
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Recent events in France would have been cause for alarm among the Swiss reformers.
Shaken by the audacious affront to his authority and the threat of worse to come, Francis abruptly withdrew his support from the reformers. In January 1535 more placards appeared, along with printed pamphlets, and the king banned all printing. On a public day of penance in late January, Francis I walked in a procession, and six more people were burned. A royal edict published the names of seventy-three “Lutherans” who had gone into hiding and demanded that they turn themselves in. Among those who ﬂed France in the aftermath of those events was the young John Calvin, who sought refuge at Marguerite’s castle in Nérac before proceeding to Italy and eventually to Switzerland.
182); and 1: 457–61 (no. 184). 13 14 Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n Marguerite is her model, a woman who dared to articulate and to publish dissident religious beliefs. The Epistle asks the queen’s support for the reformed religion and expresses the hope that women will no longer be considered inadequate as readers of Scripture. Following the dedicatory address to Marguerite is a section entitled “A Defense of Women,” a vigorous rebuttal of misogynist discourse that argues for an active role for women in the church by citing female biblical authorities, strong women from both the New Testament and the Old.
Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) by Marie Dentière