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IV. 'A Holy Deborah For Our Times': A Panegyric To Elizabeth

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In Peter Martyr Vermigli's Epistle to the Princess Elizabeth written at Zurich shortly after her accession to the throne of England on 17 November 1558, Peter Martyr Vermigli addresses a panegyric to the young Queen containing both fulsome praise and some fairly pointed advice. In an invocation of the Song of Zechariah from the Gospel of Luke, Vermigli evokes a striking comparison of Elizabeth’s accession to the scriptural trope of redemptive kingship. One possible constitutional paradigm for Vermigli’s recommendations concerning the authority of the civil magistrate to exercise the so-called “cura religionis” is Heinrich Bullinger’s Zurich whence Vermigli’s letter to Elizabeth is sent. The letter provides evidence of the importance of the “Zurich connection” in shaping the institutions of the Elizabethan religion settlement.

Keywords: Elizabeth; Heinrich Bullinger; Peter Martyr Vermigli



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