Anna Reinhart - Huldrych Zwingli's wife (1484 - 1538) By Rebecca VanDoodewaard - Posted at Tabletalk Magazine : Katharina Luther looms large in any discussion about Protestant women during the Reformation. She earned her acclaim through her work—and her high-profile, high-maintenance husband. But there were other women who also labored for the newly revived church. They, too, have much to teach us. The first woman to become a Reformer’s wife was Anna Reinhard (c. 1484–1538). Like Calvin’s wife, Idelette, Anna was a young widow when her future husband arrived in town as the new priest. We have no record of her birthdate, but many believe it was in 1484. We know little about her youth except that she was beautiful and that a young, local nobleman—John von Knonau—wanted to marry her. His family opposed the match, so John and Anna married in secret. When the news got out, John’s father cut him off, so he joined the Swiss army to support his wife. After several campaigns, he r
By Yorke Hinds - Posted at The Master's Seminary : Four hundred and fifty two years ago, on May 2, 1564, John Calvin, on the brink of death, wrote his last letter. It began: “Farewell, my best and most worthy brother. Since God has determined that you should survive me in this world, live mindful of our union, which has been so useful to the Church of God, and the fruits of which await us in heaven.” Little did Calvin know but on receiving the letter, his friend, William Farel, now 75 year old, would walk 73 miles from Neuchâtel to Geneva to visit him for the last time. A few days after the visit from Farel, John Calvin left this world and entered into the presence of the Lord. Farel and Calvin met 28 years earlier in Geneva under the providential hand of God. In July, 1536, Calvin was forced to spend a night in Geneva while on his way to Strasbourg. Farel, knowing about Calvin through the popularity of The Institutes of the Christian Religion , heard of the Reformer’s p
Posted at 5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols : On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History we’re going to go back to one of our favorite topics, the Reformation , and we’re going to talk about what I think is one of the most interesting events in all of church history. This is the famous sausage supper of 1522. Well we need to set the stage for you. Christopher Froschauer is the printer in the city of Zurich in Switzerland. The printer was a very prestigious person in the 16th century. This was a person of some wealth, a person of some influence and power, and a very respected citizen. Christopher Froschauer and his understudies and his apprentices had all been very busy. They just completed a new edition of Saint Paul’s epistles, and they wanted to celebrate. So they decided to have a sausage supper. Now, what we need to know is this was on a Friday, and it was in the spring, and it was during Lent. So yes, you can connect the dots here—this was not allowed ac
By Michael Pursley - Posted at Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation : This is a short biography of Pierre Viret (1511 – 4 May 1571), a Swiss Reformed theologian, who is as obscure now as his tiny native village. However, he was without a doubt, the most sought after Reformed minister of the Sixteenth Century. As, one great scholar and professor has pointed out.. No tourist in Geneva can miss the impressive Reformation Monument with its four towering figures: John Calvin, Guillaume Farel, Theodore Beza, and John Knox. Some visitors might even notice a series of reliefs on the statue’s base, which depict various scenes from the Genevan Reformation. Yet only a sharp-eyed observer is likely to spot in one of the reliefs a spare man with a long beard preaching to a crowd of intent listeners: that man is Pierre Viret. Viret is now virtually forgotten among the major reformers. But if we can say that Calvin systematized the theology of the Reformation, it would be equally just to
Posted at Continuing Reformation : Heinrich Bullinger – 1550 – Geschichte des Kantons Zürich Heinrich Bullinger served as the glue that held the reformation together. The slaying of Zwingli at the Battle of Kappel on October 11th 1531, created a void in Zürich. Who would take over the Grössminster? Uncertainty clouded the day, but when Bullinger took the pulpit “on [that] first Sunday he ‘thundered a sermon…[so] that many thought Zwingli was not dead, but was resurrected like the phoenix.” (Ives) Bullinger stands as a giant of the reformation. Not only did he write prolific works that are utilized in reformed churches in the modern day, he was also instrumental the creation of an international “reformed” identity. Read more here...
Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History : Our post today comes from guest author, Rev. David W. Hall, excerpted from chapter 2 of his book, The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003). That Zwingli was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation is undeniable, and so it seems appropriate to include this account of him here today on the anniversary of his death. Zwingli: Patriot Reformer of German Speaking Switzerland by Rev. David W. Hall William Farel was the pioneer of the Reformation in Geneva, but closer to Germany another fiery minister preceded him by a few years. Huldrych Zwingli (b. 1484), a Swiss reformer immediately prior to Calvin, also recognized that resistance was legitimate if a civil ruler ordered the squelching of true religion (as in Acts 4-5). However, he qualified that such resistance should only occur with the support of the large majority and without murder or war. Nonetheless, by the Peasants’ War (1525), Prot