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GTETUT MARY E, HAVEN JULY 2, 1914,

GLASGOW:

W. G. BLACKIE AND CO., PRINTERS

VILLAFIELD.

GTT UT NARY E. HAVEN JULY 2, 1914,

GLASGOT:

W. G. BLACKIK AND CO., PUISTERS

VILLATIELD.

whom, as the efficient cause, it is to be attributed, and next to thos distinguished individuals who, under Him, were the instruments in achieving it.

The new claims which, from these circumstances, the history o the Reformation has upon our attention, suggested to the author the composition of the present work. A series of biographical memoir of distinguished females in the principal countries of Europe, wh supported or contributed to this great revolution by sympathy action, or heroic suffering, when adherence to the principles of th Reformation exposed them to peril, and even to death, had no hitherto been written, though the lives of particular individuals had engaged the pen of the biographer, and such a work seemed to offer an opportunity of presenting various of the leading facts in th history of the Reformation in a somewhat new connection, as well a: of introducing notices of the characteristics of the period, and episodes in real life, altogether omitted, or only slightly touched upon, in general history, though partaking sometimes even of a romantic interest.

The amount of materials for such an undertaking varies as to the different lives. In some it is scanty and fragmentary; in others it is so voluminous that a single life might easily have been extended to a volume. In the composition of the lives the materials for which are most abundant, the author has endeavoured to select the most interesting portions; and, while compressing his matter within as narrow limits as possible, to give, at the same time, a degree of fulness to the narrative. The authorities from which he has derived his facts will be seen in the course of the biographies. Whenever

whom, as the efficient cause, it is to be attributed, and Dext to the i distinguished individuals who, under Him, were the instrum:33. achieving it.

The new claims which, from these circumstances, the hisar the Reformation has upon our attention, suggesteri to tbe aztert composition of the present work. A series of bingraphical mo* of distinguished females in the principal countries of Eime to supported or contributed to this great revolution by sas". action, or heroic suffering, when alherence to the principles et Reformation exposed them to peril, and even to death, bai : hitherto been written, though the lives of particular individus in engaged the pen of the biographer, and such a work seemal ti & an opportunity of presenting various of the leading facts in : history of the Reformation in a somewhat new connection, as 62.2 of introducing notices of the characteristics of the periud, episodes in real life, altogether omitted, or only slightly torte upon, in general history, though partaking sometimes even a romantic interest.

The amount of materials for such an undertaking varies as ** different lives. In some it is scanty and fragmentary; in others * is so voluminous that a single life might easily hare been enair to a volume. In the composition of the lives the materia ! which are most abundant, the author has endeavoured to seize the most interesting portions ; and, while compressing his matter print

and as narrow limits as possible, to give, at the same time, a degrees fulness to the narrative. The authorities from which he has derive. his facts will be seen in the course of the biographiex Where

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