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Josias Simler's Hagiography

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This chapter discusses the significance of Josias Simler's speech Oratio de vita et obitu Peter Martyr Vermili which has until now been considered one-sidedly as a purely biographical work. Peter Martyr Vermigli died suddenly at the beginning of November 1562. Vermigli's death left a painful void because the six years during which he had been active in Zurich had been too short a period for completing the projects for which he was principally responsible. Before proceeding with the examination of Simler's Oratio, the chapter outlines the religious political climate characteristic of the years just before and after Vermigli's death. Without calling the historical substance of Simler's biography into question it can be shown that Oratio de vita et obitu is far more than merely an early-modern biography.

Keywords: early-modern biography; Josias Simler's hagiography; Peter Martyr Vermigli



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