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Switzerland: Geneva (1569–1574)

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While James Melville remarked that his uncle's "chief studie was Divinitie" during his five years in Geneva, a careful study of the historical situation, Melville's relationships, and documents of the period reveal that he not only continued his humanistic course of study but extended his vast network of relationships with a number of the leading figures of the northern European Renaissance. We have also observed the strong likelihood that Melville attended the theological lectures of Lambert Daneau and Thomas Cartwright and had read the writings of the English divine Walter Travers. James Melville's unintentional error regarding his uncle's service within the Academy has contributed to the mythical image of the reformer by ascribing to him a more distinguished position than what he actually held.

Keywords: Geneva; James Melville



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