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The Registers of the Consistory of Geneva at the Time of Calvin: Volume 1: 1542-1544 [Paperback]

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Pages   520
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802846181  
EAN  9780802846181  


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This critical edition of the Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the time of John Calvin reveals what life was like during the Protestant Reformation in a city where ecclesiastical discipline affected many. These valuable primary source documents -- the great bulk of which have remained unknown to most modern researchers - are of capital importance for study of this seminal period in church history. The details contained within the Geneva Consistory's registers portray a fascinating cross section of society in the first period of the Reformation. If one is interested in religion lived by ordinary people and the reception of Calvin's Reform among the populace, one will find here a veritabe treasure-house. Faithfully preserved through the centuries by the authorities of the Reformed Church of Geneva, these Consistory records have been edited and critically annotated by Thomas A. Lambert and Isabella M. Watt under the direction of Robert M. Kingdon. Translated by M. Wallace McDonald from the French edition of the same work, these noteworthy historical documents are now available in English for the first time. Volume I documents the activity of the Consistory between 1542 and 1544. Rich in details pertaining to daily life and piety in Geneva, these records from the Consistory's earliest days testify to the immense role played by the church in society at the beginning of the Reformation. Within the first twenty-four monthsof the Consistory's existence, almost 850 people were called to appear from a total population of less than 13,000. Besides the expected pursuit of "paillards," the Consistory heard the cases of drunkards, blasphemers, usurers, wastrels, beggars, dancers, singers of "improper songs," healers, magicians, gamblers and other "evil livers." The Consistory, charged with repressing the beliefs and practices of the old faith, also investigated numerous cases of recidivist Catholics, from those who continued pryaing to Mary and the saints to those who refused Reformed communion. In time such cases would diminish with the promotion and acceptance of Reformed modes of living and worship, but this volume clearly portrays the important period of transition.

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This critical edition of the Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the time of Calvin reveals what life was like during the Protestant Reformation in a city where ecclesiastical discipline affected many. These valuable primary source documents- the great bulk of which have remained unknown to most modern researchers- are of capital importance for study of this seminal period in church history. Volume 1 records the activity of the Consistory between 1542 and 1544. Arbitration of disputes, surveillance of morals, repression of the vestiges of the Catholic cult, promotion of the Reformed mode of living, resolution of matrimonial cases- this is a general sketch of the Consistory's work during its earliest days. Rich in details pertaining to daily life and piety in Geneva, these noteworthy historical documents testify to the immense role played by the church in society at the beginning of the Reformation.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert M. Kingdon is the Hilldale Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, former Director and current Member of the Institute for Research in the Humanities, and former editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal. A world authority on the religious, political, and legal history of Calvinist Geneva and France, he has published dozens of articles and seven books, including Adultery and Divorce in Calvinbs Geneva (1995) and the multi-volume Registres du Consistoire de GenC(ve au Temps de Calvin (1996- )

Robert M. Kingdon was born in 1927.

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Tantalizingly incomplete but great window into Calvin's church  Feb 7, 2008
During seminary at Princeton there was a big set of matching blue volumes in the reference collection that really fascinated me. Bound typescripts of the consistory minutes of Calvin's church in Geneva. I believe these were the only copies in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately they were in French -- and Old (16th century) French at that. Not real accessible, even for those on campus. Completely so for those not.

This series of published English translations promised to open this up to a much wider audience. Unfortunately, I think this is the only of the projected 21 volumes (covering 1542-64, with just three lacunae) that has appeared after eight years. I wonder if there have been funding or copyright problems.

In any case, we can take what we get. This volume, covering 1542-4, is wonderful. No, it will not satisfy modern expectations for session/consistory/elder minutes. It is spotty at best, and assumes some knowledge of local circumstances that most readers will not have. But it is a great window into the most significant church of the Reformation.

While the editors do add some critical notes, obsessive readers will desire alot more.

The meetings seem to have happened every Thursday. The consistory seemed to convene very frequently for lots of small and big issues. While they exercised pretty frequent and proactive discipline, the penalties are often surprisingly mild. Spousal abuse, crimes, etc. often resulted in admonishment only for first offenses. Many people are required to learn the Ten Commandments or other creedal or Biblical texts. But the pastoral concern and even tenderness often emerges from even these rather sparse notes.

I highly commend this volume to students of Calvin, historians, but also church leaders and laity.
 

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