Feminine Christianity and Public Protest in Radical Pietism, 1690 - 1750.

Name of applicant

Juliane Engelhardt


University of Copenhagen


DKK 719,362



Type of grant

Monograph Fellowships


The monograph will document the central role of radical Pietism in the northern parts of the Holy Roman Empire, in Denmark and Norway from the 1690s when religious fervor soared, to the 1750s when it calmed down. It testifies that radical Pietist women and men expressed profound critique of traditional patriarchal Christianity and demonstrates how this critique converged with other forms of social criticism, especially of political and clerical power holders and of inherited social status.


The monograph offers a new understanding of how ideas of meritocracy and equality developed in the Age of Enlightenment. It will demonstrate how a broader social scale of women and men became key actors in this period.


The monograph is based on handwritten sources, collected in Germany, Denmark and Norway

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