By Jeanne de Jussie
Jeanne de Jussie (1503–61) skilled the Protestant Reformation from in the partitions of the Convent of Saint Clare in Geneva. In her impassioned and interesting brief Chronicle, she bargains a novel account of the Reformation, reporting not just at the greater clashes among Protestants and Catholics but additionally on occasions in her convent—devious urban councilmen who lied to trusting nuns, lecherous infantrymen who attempted to kiss them, and iconoclastic intruders who smashed statues and burned work. all through her story, Jussie highlights women’s roles on each side of the clash, from the Reformed girls who got here to her convent in an try and convert the nuns to the Catholic girls who ransacked the store of a Reformed apothecary. in particular, she stresses the bad Clares’ faithfulness and the nice women and men who got here to them of their time of want, finishing her tale with the nuns’ laborious trip by means of foot from Reformed Geneva to Catholic Annecy. First released in French in 1611, Jussie’s brief Chronicle is translated the following for an English-speaking viewers for the 1st time, delivering a clean point of view on struggles for non secular and political strength in sixteenth-century Geneva and a unprecedented glimpse at early sleek monastic existence.
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Chapitre des Proverbes de Salomon. Mis en forme de cantique, par Théodore de Besze. Plus, un sermon de la modestie des femmes en leurs habillemens, par. M. Jean Calvin. Outre, plusieurs chansons spirituelles, en Musique (1561). Also recently translated into English and edited by Mary B. McKinley in Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin; see above, note 11. 784p ——— Short Page PgEnds: TE , (20) Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 21 City of Geneva), has also been attributed to her, but more tenuously.
For a detailed discussion of the Reformation in Geneva, see Henri Naef, Les origines de la Réforme à Genève, 2 vols. (Geneva: Droz, 1968). See also E. William Monter, Calvin’s Geneva (New York: Wiley and Sons, 1967). On the spread of the Reformation through French-speaking lands, see Francis Higman, La diffusion de la Réforme en France, 1520–1565 (Geneva: Labor et Fides, 1992). 216pt ——— Normal Pag PgEnds: TE , (2) Vo l u m e E d i t o r ’s I n t r o d u c t i o n 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 the early sixteenth century, ecclesiastical authority broke down and Geneva, which had been an episcopal city-state ruled by a prince-bishop, came under the dominion of the House of Savoy.
Jeanne de Jussie writes of women who have since been relegated to the margins of history but who were absolutely at the center of events as they lived them. As we read her chronicle, we see many of the ways in which the Reformation affected women differently than men. Ever attentive to the speciﬁcity of women’s experience both inside and outside her convent, Jussie writes of women who ﬂee Geneva and then have to give birth in peasants’ huts, of women who tear their babies from Reformed preachers’ arms to prevent their children from being baptized in the “new” way, and of one woman who almost goes into premature labor after a heated confrontation with Reformers and civil authorities.
The Short Chronicle: A Poor Clare's Account of the Reformation of Geneva (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) by Jeanne de Jussie