Educated Women of Influence Exercise

Lollard came to be a term used for people who followed John Wycliffs ideas (page 117).  The word is thought to have been derogatorily coined from the Dutch word Lollard meaning mumbler, mutterer, one who mutters prayers and hymns.  They were accused of heresy and thought to be only pretentiously humble and pious.  Lollards were also known for having their wives working alongside their husbands in their different ministries, with some learning to read so they could memorize long passages of Scripture to recite during their meetings since there were few copies of Scripture available.  The Roman Catholic Church was quite shocked that women such as these were being encouraged to seriously study the Scriptures. In addition, for women in even higher positions of society, education and book learning were more readily encouraged and available.

Reference Book:  Feminine Threads by Dianna Lynn Severance

Take note of these significant examples of women who had influential roles along with their husbands.  Margaret of Scotland and Elizabeth of Hungary; Marguerite, Queen of Navarre; and Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr, wives of Henry VIII.  (It is amazing that one of these women, with all the things she did, only lived to the age of 24!)
Choose three of these women, and compare and contrast at least three ways each of these women impacted the people around them for Christ.  (1-2 paragraphs each, total 3-6 paragraphs)
What kind of lasting influence or legacy did any of them have?  (1 paragraph)
In what ways do these women inspire you in your walk of life? (1 paragraph)

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