Books on the history of the Reformation are filled with the heroic struggles and sacrifices of men. Five Women of the English Reformation is a compelling book by Paul Zahl that puts the spotlight on five women Anne Boleyn, Katharine Parr, Jane Grey, Anne Askew, and Catherine Willoughby who were themselves powerful theologians and who paid the cost of their reforming convictions with martyrdom, imprisonment, and exile.
As enjoyable to read as its subject matter is fascinating, this book not only portrays important women in church history but also has much to say about the relation of gender to theology, human motivation, and God. An epilogue by Mary Zahl contributes a woman’s view of these remarkable Christian women.
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