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Church Mother: The Writings of a Protestant Reformer in Sixteenth-Century Germany

Katharina Schutz Zell


Imbued with character and independence, strength and articulateness, humor and conviction, abundant biblical knowledge and intense compassion, Katharina Schütz Zell (1498–1562) was an outspoken religious reformer in sixteenth-century Germany who campaigned for the right of clergy to marry and the responsibility of lay people—women as well as men—to proclaim the Gospel. As one of the first and most daring models of the pastor's wife in the Protestant Reformation, she demonstrated that she could be an equal partner in marriage; she was for many years a respected, if unofficial, mother of the est ... More

Keywords: Katharina Schütz Zell, clergy, marriage, lay responsibility, pastor's wife, Protestant Reformation, ecclesiastical leadership, devotional writings, biblical meditations, catechetical instructions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226979663
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226979687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Schutz Zell, author