3 Reformation Women: Katharina, Marguerite & Jeanne


Left to right: Katharina von Bora by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1530), Marguerite d’Angoulême by Jean Clouet (c. 1527) and Jeanne d’Albret by anonymous (c. 1565).  Public domain
Left to right: Katharina von Bora by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1530), Marguerite d’Angoulême by Jean Clouet (c. 1527) and Jeanne d’Albret by anonymous (c. 1565). Public domain

Katharina von Bora, Marguerite d’Angoulême and Jeanne d’Albret all left their marks on the Reformation, but all in different ways. Each of them has a unique part in the battle over religious affiliation in 16th-century Europe.

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Tracy's Research:

  • Brooklyn Museum. “Jeanne D’Abret.” https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/heritage_floor/jeanne_d_albret
  • Museum of Protestantism. “Marguerite d’Angoulême (1492-1549).” https://www.museeprotestant.org/en/notice/marguerite-dangouleme-1492-1549-2/
  • Museum of Protestantism. “Jeanne d’Albret (1528-1572).” https://www.museeprotestant.org/en/notice/jeanne-dalbret-1528-1572-2/]
  • Wilson, Derek. “Mrs. Luther and Her Sisters.” Lion Books. Oxford. 2016.
  • Kilcrease, Jack. “Katharina von Bora Luther.” Lutheran Reformation.org. https://lutheranreformation.org/history/katharina-von-bora-luther/
  • Abraham, Valarie. “Five Important Women of the Reformation You Should Know About.” Roman Roads Media. 10/15/2015. https://romanroadsmedia.com/2015/10/5-women-of-reformation/
  • Poetry Foundation. “Marguerite de Navarre.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/marguerite-de-navarre
  • Roelker, Nancy Lyman. “Queen of Navarre: Jeanne d’Albret.” Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1968.
  • "Jeanne d'Albret." Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, edited by Paul F. Grendler, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000. World History In Context, libraries.state.ma.us/login?gwurl=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GPS&sw=w&u=som&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CBT2354100300&it=r&asid=d51905106f62354effa13586bad3621d. Accessed 20 Oct. 2017.

Topics in this Podcast: European history, religious history, 16th century, women, biographies, sad royal childhoods