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A Literary History Of The Loci Communes

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Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) did not compose the work for which he is best known, the Loci Communes. The method of doing theology by topoi or loci is a feature of Renaissance and Reformation. Martyr's Loci therefore, while not compiled by his own hand, represent the substantive theological essence of his commentaries and debates, after the manner of Calvin's Institutio. Thus Martyr's Loci Communes proved to be the vehicle that spread his influence throughout the Reformed world, in fourteen editions following the first edition of 1576. The English translation of 1583 held special place, travelling to the New World in good condition. The original compiler and editor of the Loci Communes was 'Robert Masson,' that is Robert le Maçon, Sieur de la Fontaine, minister of the French congregation in London, formerly minister in Orléans. His role signifies Martyr's influence on both French and English churches.

Keywords: Loci Communes; Peter Martyr Vermigli; reformed world



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