Argula von Grumbach (c. 1492-c. 1563)

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A German Reformer remembered for her defense of Luther and the Reformation to the German nobility. Born into a struggling Bavarian noble family, Grumbach was trained to be a maid to Emperor Maximillian’s sister and learned to read and write German. After reading the works of Luther – with whom she regularly corresponded – and other Reformers, she used her knowledge of the German Scriptures to refute the clergy who attacked the Reformers. Her criticism of the Roman Catholic Church led to her husband’s removal from his position as prefect, after which she endured personal and public abuse.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)

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