Calvinism's First Battleground

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Dezember 2005



This book sheds new light on the origin of Calvinism and the Reformed faith through a detailed history of its progress in the Pays de Vaud. A careful examination of twin conflicts - the forced conversion of a Catholic populace to Protestantism by the Bernese; and the struggle of Calvinists against the Zwinglian political and theological ideas that dominated the Swiss Confederation - helps show why the Reformation bloomed where and when it did.


Dedication. Abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. Politics and Diplomacy in Vaud. 3. Zwinglianism and Lutheranism in Bern. 4. The Clash of the Old and New Faiths. 5. From Sacramentarians to Calvinists. 6. From Political Calvinism to the Reformation of the Refugees. 7. From the Pays de Vaud to France. 8. Conclusion. Appendix: Timeline of Major Events. References. Index.


"Most scholarly work on the early Reformation in French-speaking areas has focused on Calvin and Geneva. Michael Bruening has had the genial idea of placing his focus instead on the Pays de Vaud, the largest single political entity in French Switzerland. [...] Bruening's analysis is backed throughout by archival research in several parts of Switzerland. [...] It makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of the history of the early Reformation in French-speaking parts of Europe."
Robert M. Kingdon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Renaissance Quarterly
"[...] Bruening deploys disparate bits of information to construct a plausible and basically persuasive argument about the political and theological significance of the early Reformation in this area. Better still, he sets his topic convincingly into wider contexts by integrating it with works by such major experts as his mentor (Heiko Oberman+, EA) and Robert Kingdon. [...] I have seldom seen such an untidy package wrapped up so neatly."
William Monter, Northwestern University, in The English Historical Review CXXIII 501 (April 2008)
EAN: 9781402041938
ISBN: 1402041934
Untertitel: Conflict and Reform in the Pays de Vaud, 1528-1559. 'Studies in Early Modern Religious Reforms'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: XVI
Format: gebunden
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