Fierce Mind and Brave Spirit: Jeanne, Queen of the Reformation

Thursday, 01 Nov 2018

The seed of the gospel was planted in Jeanne’s heart at a tender age; and when she reached adulthood, her life story proved that God’s word does not return void (Isa. 55:11).
She had a temper—molto fantastico!—complained the Catholic ambassador from Florence; and in 1528 when she was born, her parents (King Henry and Queen Marguerite d’Albret of Navarre in southwestern France) likely wished for a son after neighboring royal rivals from Spain scoffed at their newborn female heir: “The cow has brought forth a sheep.”1 Little did they know that the high-spirited, intelligent, and tenacious Jeanne d’Albret would prove to be a powerful asset for the Reformation in France, and that she was just as courageous and influential as any male monarch. While ...

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