Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Argula von Grumbach

Argula von Grumbach, Scholar and Church Reformer, c. 1554


Almighty God, who gave your servant Argula von Grumbach a spirit of wisdom and power to love your Word and boldly to draw others to its truth: Pour out that same spirit upon us, so that we, knowing and loving your Holy Word, may be unashamed of Christ and may not sin against the Holy Spirit that is within us; this we ask in the name of the same Son and Holy Spirit, who live and reign with you, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Argula von Grumbach née von Stauff (1492-c. 1554) was a Bavarian writer and noblewoman who, starting in the early 1520s, became involved in the Protestant Reformation debates going on in Germany. She became the first Protestant woman writer, publishing letters and poems promoting and defending Martin Luther as well as his co-worker Philip Melanchthon and other Protestant groups. She is most known for directly challenging the University of Ingolstadt's faculty when she wrote a letter to them speaking out against the arrest of a Lutheran student. As one of the few women at the time openly speaking out her views, her writings sparked controversy and often became bestsellers, with tens of thousands of copies of her letters and poems circulating within a few years of their publication.*
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