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"The Canons Of The Synod Had Shot Off The Advocate's Head": A Reappraisal Of The Genevan Delegation At The Synod Of Dordt

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The Synod of Dordt has long loomed as the symbol of a conflict at the heart of much Reformation historiography. This chapter examines the action of the Genevan delegation to the Synod stands in the line of the recent reevaluations of the history of the Synod. The sources for examining the role played by the Genevans at Dordt are in fact ample. The correspondence of Jean Diodati, still largely unutilized, contains 32 letters sent from Dordt to various correspondents that reveal a great deal about his perception of the issues at stake and the socio-political context in the Netherlands. Collaboration was nevertheless difficult inside the Genevan delegation. Diodati lamented that Tronchin failed to cooperate with him and complained on several occasions about having to take on the lions share of the task alone.

Keywords: Genevan delegation; Jean Diodati; synod of Dordt; Théodore Tronchin



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