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The Early Reformation In France

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Theologians and church historians have long studied the Reformation as a revolt against the medieval church prompted by new doctrines. More recently, social historians have explored how the Reformation altered the rhythms of everyday life and even peoples' worldviews as Protestants changed the roles of the clergy, disciplining institutions, and rituals in their lives. Taking the earliest French reformers, evangelicals, on their own terms upsets this teleological, plotline-driven interpretation. France's fifteen universities played a prominent role as the centers of propagation to the elites. Reformed Protestantism coalesced in France after 1540 largely due to the efforts of John Calvin, Farel, their Swiss colleague Pierre Viret, and their large circle of helpers. Calvin's influence in France emerged clearly after the publication of the French edition of his Institutes in 1541.

Keywords: early French Reformation; evangelicals; John Calvin

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