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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Here we accompany Calvin from his early boyhood in Noyon to his student days in Paris and Orleans, to his pastorate in and exile from Geneva, all the way to his deathbed. We meet his famous Reformer friends William Farel, Martin Bucer, Philip Melanchthon, Heinrich Bullinger, John Knox, Theodore Beza and friends whose names are more obscure: his cousin Pierre Robert Olivétan, the first translator of the Bible into French; Renée de France of French royalty; Laurent de Normandie, the mayor of Noyon who later escaped to Geneva; Pierre Viret, his "best friend of all"; and Idelette van Buren, his beloved wife during their brief but happy marriage.
Calvin may be known as a scholar who preferred his study to imperial and ecclesiastical politics, but he was also a rebel of faith against the papacy, which controlled most of the empires of Europe and had a price on the heads of all "reform-minded" citizens, especially their leaders. Peppered with quotations from Calvins voluminous letters, Friends of Calvin abounds with secret court relationships, love affairs, death threats, poisonings, and narrow midnight escapes from the pursuing authorities showing a full-blooded and dangerous side of the bookish Reformers life. Readers of these colorful narratives will come to see how much Calvins friends influenced his life and thought.
Through the eyes of a cross-section of Calvins friends from aristocrats to students to doctors, French to Dutch to Italian to Scottish Machiel A. van den Berg brings together a selection of writings that describe what kind of human being Calvin was, rather than focusing on the things he did.
Calvins 24 friends herein: Claude dHangest, François Daniel, Nicolas Cop, Louis du Tillet, Pierre Robert Olivétan, Renée de France, John Sinapius, Simon Grynaeus, William Farel, Pierre Viret, Martin Bucer, Idelette van Buren, Benoit Textor, Antoine Cauvin, Laurent de Normandie, Ami Perrin, Nicolas des Gallars, Lord and Lady De Falais, Galeazzo Caracciolo, The Budé family, Heinrich Bullinger, John Knox, Theodore Beza.
H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin College and Seminary
"This work provides fresh and accessible insights into John Calvins inner circle. The highly readable translation offers vignettes that show the Reformers capacity for deep and enduring relationships with friends and family members."