Great mystery surrounds this noble woman; very little is know about her life, but her virtues and character still remain. John Calvin, when first approached on the subject of seeking a wife said that he wished for “a wife who would be gentle, pure, modest, economical, patient, (more…)
Catherine von Bora was born on 29th of January 1499, to an impoverished nobleman’s family. She was sent to the convent school of the Benedict order in Brehna in 1504, just after her mother died. 1508 found her enrolled in the convent of Nimbschen. She took her vows, and became a nun on October 8th, 1518.
Following is chapter II (sect. 2) from the book Famous Women of the Reformed Church written by James I. Good (1850-1924):
Not only were the wives of the reformers a great aid to the Reformation, but their sisters also. We have an illustration of this in Margaret Blaarer the sister of Ambrose Blaarer, the great reformer of Constance and Wurtemberg. In this city Huss had been burned at the stake prophesying that the Reformation would rise from his ashes. In 1527 that city rose, Phoenixlike, from his ashes to throw off the yoke of Rome; as many as twenty-three ministers preaching the gospel in the churches, out of which the Catholic priests and bishop fled from the city. (more…)
Anna Adlischweiler was born around 1504. Her father died in battle when she was eight years old; her mother, a strong Catholic, gave her daughter to the Church where she was eventually placed in Oedenbach, at Zurich, where she became a nun. Anna’s mother was very sickly and, because she was desirous to be with her daughter, she moved to Zurich as well. (more…)
Susanna Annesley Wesley was born on January 20th, 1669 in London, England. Her parents where Samuel and Mary White. She was the last of 25 children. When she was born it was asked of a family friend. “How many children has Doctor Annesley?” They responded: “I believe two dozen, or a quarter of a hundred.” (more…)
She was well educated when she was younger. She masted Greek and Latin, as well as grasping a large knowledge of Hebrew, Chaldaic, Arabic, French, and Italian. It was said of her that she (more…)
Phillipine De Luns was born in Gascogne, France, around 1534. She was married at an early age to a gentleman by the name of Von Graberon, an elder of the Reformed church in Paris.
Phillipine’s house was used as a meeting place for the church. They would often be gathered in her home for singing, and fellowship, until her husband died in 1557, leaving her a widow at the age of 23. (more…)