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Agula von Stauff was born into a noble Bavarian family in 1492, the year Columbus made his first voyage of discovery to the Americas. Taught to read early, when she was ten, Argula’s father gave her a beautiful German Bible, printed by Koberger in 1483. Argula eagerly read the Bible until some Franciscan preachers discouraged her, warning that trying to understand the Bible would confuse her. As a teenager, Argula was sent to the court of Kunigunde, the Duchess of Bavaria and sister of Emperor Maximillian. There were often spiritual discussion in Kunigunde’s household, and Argula began reading the Bible…

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