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Genevan Print And The Coming Of The Wars Of Religion

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For John Calvin, writing and publishing was an essential part of his vocation as a teacher. And from the time that Calvin first published his Institutes of the Christian Religion to offer the basics of the faith to those 'who hungered and thirsted for Christ' this was a vocation that he pursued with remarkable assiduity. Fifty years ago, when Calvin published his Geneva and the Coming of the Wars of Religion, Robert Kingdon identified the importance of books from Geneva as one of the principal aspects of the Genevan campaign of evangelization. In this book Robert Kingdon manifests a laudable concern to explore the business organisation of the printing trade, especially how the publishers were financed and capitalized. The research of the St Andrews French book project triumphantly bendorses Robert Kingdon's description of Genevan influence on the growth of French Reformed Protestantism.

Keywords: Genevan print; John Calvin; printing trade; protestantism; Robert Kingdon; wars of religion



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