A Long-Suffering Ministry: Calvin & the Continual Crises of Geneva, 1536-1564

William Glen Naphy, Jon Balserak (Editor)

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An examination of the problematic and fraught relationship between Calvin and his fellow French religious refugees, on the one hand, and the extended Favre-Perrin-Berthelier clan, on the other. Initially, the Favre kinship group were supporters of Calvin and, indeed, instrumental in his recall from exile in 1541/42. However, far from being 'their man/minister', Calvin increasingly charted a course which was at odds with their nationalism/nativism leading to a series of increasingly bitter disputes both political and personal. Ultimately, the vast majority of the kinship group was exiled and their extensive wealth expropriated by the state (and used to found what became the University of Geneva) as well as the arrest and execution of some of the family group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Reformation in Geneva
EditorsJon Balserak
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
PublisherLeiden: Brill
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-40439-7
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-37157-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

Name Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition,
ISSN (Print)1871-6377


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