Women's History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership
Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys - the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene - to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess, and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female "witches," Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity.
Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women's History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter.
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Chapter 3 The Rise of the Virgin Mary and the Devolution of Mary Magdalene
Chapter 4 The Nun the Abbess and the Anchorite
Chapter 5 La Papesse and La Pucelle
Chapter 6 Woman as Witch
Chapter 7 The Mystics
Chapter 8 Women in Religious Communities before the Protestant Reformation
Chapter 12 Other Women Who Founded Churches Part I
Chapter 13 Other Women Who Founded Churches Part II
Chapter 14 The Missionary Impulse
Chapter 15 Women in the Church Today