Protestant Hagiography and Martyrology Criticism: Martyrology And The Feminine Perspective - Essay

Ellen Macek (essay date 1984)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Macek, Ellen. “The Emergence of a Feminine Spirituality in The Book of Martyrs. Sixteenth Century Journal 19, no. 1 (spring 1988): 63-80.

[In the following essay, originally presented in 1984, Macek examines the role of female participants in the English Reformation.]

God forbyd that I shoulde loose the lyfe eternall for this carnal and short lyfe. I wyl never turne from my heavenly husband, to my earthly husband: from the felowship of angels, to mortal chyldren: And if my husband and chyldren be faithfull, then am I theirs. God is my father, God is my mother, God is my sister, my brother, my kinsman, God is my frend most...

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Krista Kesselring (essay date 1998)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Kesselring, Krista. “Representation of Women in Tudor Historiography: John Bale and the Rhetoric of Exemplarity.” Renaissance and Reformation 22, no. 2 (spring 1998): 41-61.

[In the following essay, Kesselring examines the importance of John Bale's writings in helping advocate an active political and religious role for women at the time of the Reformation.]

John Bale, a Carmelite friar turned reformer, appropriated the writings of two women for the uses of protestant polemic. These works, Anne Askew's account of the interrogations that would lead to her death at the stake, and the Princess Elizabeth's translation of The Mirror or Glass of the Sinful...

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