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Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin
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Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin

Marie Dentiere

Abstract

Born to a noble family in Tournai, Marie Dentière (1495–1561) left her convent in the 1520s to work for religious reform. She married a former priest and with her husband went to Switzerland, where she was active in the Reformation's takeover of Geneva. Dentière's Very Useful Epistle (1539) is the first explicit statement of reformed theology by a woman to appear in French. Addressed to Queen Marguerite of Navarre, sister of the French king Francis I, the Epistle asks the queen to help those persecuted for their religious beliefs. Dentière offers a stirring defense of women and asserts their r ... More

Keywords: Merie Dentière, Tournai, Geneva, Reformation, Francis I, John Calvin, Roman Catholicism, persecution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226142784
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226142753.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Dentiere, author