Noblewomen and the Bible: Seven Stories from the House of Stolberg - Exhibition Guide
Noblewomen and the Bible: Seven Stories from the House of Stolberg is the bilingual English and German catalog for an exhibition held at Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, from July 1 through September 30, 2018.
Length: 190 pages
Author: Gabriele Holthuis, Ph.D.
The Women Of The House Of Stolberg
One of the oldest European noble houses still in existence is the House of Stolberg, which originated in the heart of Germany in 1210. This exhibition, presented by Museum of the Bible, told the stories of seven women from the House of Stolberg, highlighting the way the Bible served as their lives’ guiding principle and the standard for their decisions. Anna, the first woman presented in the exhibition, was born in 1504, while Magdalene, the last, died in 1955. Between them were Juliana, the “Mother of Maccabees”; Christine, the pious duchess; Sophie Eleonore, the Pietist collector; Louise Maximiliane, the “queen of hearts”; and Augusta Louise, “the unnamed beloved.”
These women ensured the permanence of the House of Stolberg through marriage, offspring, education and their establishment and organization of networks throughout Europe. As abbesses, countesses, princesses, wives, and mothers, they passed on values of family and faith to the next generations. All seven were strong women closely connected to family and children, as well as to war, violence, and death. All seven found comfort and support, motivation and hope in the Bible.
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