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  • BOOK 9. REFORMATION OF GENEVA BY
    FAREL’S MINISTRY, AND ARRIVAL OF CALVIN
    IN THAT CITY AFTER HIS SOJOURN IN ITALY.


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    REFORMATION OF GENEVA BY FAREL’S MINISTRY, AND ARRIVAL OF CALVIN IN THAT CITY AFTER HIS SOJOURN IN ITALY.

    CHAPTER 1.

    PROGRESS, STRUGGLES, AND MARTYRS OF THE REFORMATION IN GENEVA. (JANUARY TO JUNE 1535.)

    Is Liberty a Blessing? — The Swiss abandon Geneva — New Election Of Magistrates friendly to the Reformation — The Reformed party increases — A Monk offers to preach the Gospel — Opposition at St. Germain — The Council determines to let the Monk preach — Riot in the Church — Easter Communion — A Knight of Rhodes preaches the Gospel — The Brigands of Peney — Gaudet’s cruel Punishment — The Martyr’s Constancy — The Genevese attack the Castle — Retreat and Courage

    CHAPTER 2.

    POISONING OF THE REFORMERS. CONVERSION OF THE HEAD OF THE FRANCISCANS. (SPRING 1535.)

    Plot to get rid of Farel, Viret, and Froment — Antonia gained by the Priests — Her Experience — Steals the Poison — Prepares the Poisoned Soup — Her Terror and Flight — She is caught and brought back — Sensation in Geneva — Condemnation of the Criminal — Her Visions — Consequence of the Crime — Two Enfranchisements necessary — Conversion of Jacques Bernard, Superior of the Franciscans — He preaches throughout Lent — What the Charters of the Church declare — Jacques Bernard asks for a Public Discussion

    CHAPTER 3.

    PREPARATIONS FOR A PUBLIC DISPUTATION IN GENEVA. (From April to Whitsuntide, 1535.)

    Five Positive and Five Negative Propositions — The Council authorizes Jacques Bernard to support them — Publicity established by the Reformation — Catholicism answers by a Procession — The Nuns alone show Courage — Celebrated Theologians invited — Caroli comes unasked — His Character — His Motives for visiting Geneva — Conversation between Farel and Caroli — Farel censures him — The Magistrate’s part in the Discussion — Commissioners belonging to the two Parties

    CHAPTER 4.

    THE GREAT PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EVANGELICAL FAITH. (JUNE 1535.)

    Struggle between the Head of the Franciscans and the Head of the Dominicans — The Ten Propositions sent to Furbity — Caroli acknowledges the Necessity of Grace — Caroli invites Furbity to the Disputation — Caroli stops short about the Mass — He recovers and speaks with Eloquence — Viret, Caroli, and Farel — The Victory remains with the Reformation

    CHAPTER 5.

    TRIUMPH OF THE WORD OF GOD, BOTH WRITTEN AND SPOKEN. (JUNE TO AUGUST 1535.)

    First Bible of the Reformation — The Printer and the Impression — Olivetan’s Appeal to the Church Conversions after the Disputation — Delays of the Council — Great Misery in Geneva — The Reformed demand the free Preaching of the Gospel — Farel preaches at the Magdalen — Forbidden by the Council — Farel preaches in various Churches The Cathedral of St. Pierre — The False Worship and the True — Farel’s Sermon at St. Pierre’s — Two Systems with regard to the State

    CHAPTER 6.

    IMAGES AND THE MASS ABOLISHED. (8TH TO 11TH AUGUST 1535.)

    Chants of the Priests — The Children’s Games in the Cathedral — Destruction of Images — What must be thought of it? — The Host — Discovery of the Huguenots Indignation of the Genevese — Three Bands march against the Idols The Frauds at St. Gervais The Miracles of St. Dominic Farel’s Reprimand — The Reformation grows stronger — Grief of the Priests — Firmness of the Reformed — Farel before the Great Council — Suppression of the Mass — The Clergy are not the Church — Sadness and Murmurs — Jesus Christ substituted for Ceremonies — The Tenth of August

    CHAPTER 7.

    PRIESTS, HONKS, NUNS, AND VICAR-GENERAL DEPART. (AUGUST TO DECEMBER 1535.)

    The Monks are dumb — The Priests haughtily refuse to speak — Flight of Papal Adherents-Who shall pay the Cost of the War? — The Abolition of Mass announced to the Pope — Farel preaches to the Nuns — How they receive his Sermon — Conversion of a Nun — Claudine and Blaisine desire to enlighten the Sisters — Departure of the Nuns — Their Journey and Arrival at Annecy — Disorders and Flight of the Vicargeneral — Opprobrium of the Priests, Zeal of some of their body — Establishment of a general Hospital — Foundation of Schools — Priests summoned to defend their Faith — Roman-catholicism comes to an End — Doctrine of Christ preached

    CHAPTER 8.

    AN ENERGETIC CITIZEN CALLS SWITZERLAND TO HELP GENEVA AND THE REFORMATION. (SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 1535.)

    Preparations for attacking Geneva — The coming Tempest — The Emperor’s Plans — Terror and Refuge — Berne drawn opposite ways — Noble Answer of the Genevese to the Duke — Discord between Baudichon and Michael Sept — La Maisonneuve appointed Captain-general — The Danger increases — Claude Savoye turns towards the Jura Wildermuth promises Help — Ehrard and the Heroine of Nidau — The Neuchatelers answer to the Summons — Opposition of the Governor — An Auxiliary Force of Volunteers — Hesitation of the Neuchatelers — Struggle and Prayer — The Force diminished by one-half

    CHAPTER 9.

    WAR AND THE BATTLE OF GINGINS. (11TH AND 12TH OCTOBER 1535.)

    Wildermuth’s projected Route — Forced to change his Course — The Volunteers climb the Jura — Inclement and laborious March — Hunger — The Abbey — The Lake of Les Rousses — They reach St. Cerques — The three Guides — Message to Claude Savoye — Claude departs for Coppet — The Swiss descend the Jura — They approach Nyon — Led into a Snare — The Betrayal — Battle of Gingins — Two heroic Women — Slaughter of Priests — Second Battle and Second Victory — Thanksgivings on the Field — Song of the Bernese Soldiers — Preparations for resisting a Third Attack

    CHAPTER 10.

    DIPLOMACY OR THE CASTLE OF COPPET. (OCTOBER 12TH 1535.)

    War and Diplomacy — Statesmen in the Castle of Coppet — De Lullin, the Bernese, and Savoye — The Conference — The Governor plays with the Ambassadors — De Lullin’s Schemes — All start to stop the Advance of the Swiss What the Governor saw on the Road — The Ambassadors stop the Swiss — The news of the Victory reaches Geneva — Baudichon departs with five hundred Men — Terror of the fugitive Savoyards — Treacherous Negotiations — The Bernese order the Swiss to retire — They hesitate but yield at last — The Bernese made Prisoners — Baudichon’s Approach causes alarm at Coppet — Fraud of the Diplomatists — The Three Genevese Delegates arrested and sent to Chillon — Baudichon allows himself to be deceived — The Swiss are tricked — Indignation at Geneva — The Genevese seize three Hostages — Storming of St. Jean

    CHAPTER 11.

    MOVEMENTS FOR THE ATTACK AND DEFENCE OF GENEVA.

    FAITH AND HEROISM. (FROM THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER TO THE END OF JANUARY 1536.)

    Geneva blockaded — Combat and Prayer — Succor comes from France — Scheme of Francis I. — Geneva coins Money — Berne pleads for Geneva at Aosta — Conference in the City of Aosta — The Genevese refuse a Truce — Baudichon’s Success at Berne — Defeat of French Auxiliaries in the Jura — Farel’s Exhortation to the Council — Francis I. desires to become the Protector of Geneva — Attack of the third of January — Jesse’s heroic defense of Notre Dame — What is the true Remedy? — The War of Cologny

    CHAPTER 12.

    EXTREME PERIL. (JANUARY TO FEBRUARY 1536.)

    The Duke’s new Plans — Giangiacomo de Medici — Has the Command of the Genevese Campaigns — Ordered to destroy the City — Berne decides to help Geneva — The Proclamation — Nagueli made Commander-in-Chief — His Orders — Haller blesses the Army — The Troops march out with Songs — Song of the Bernese — Misery in Geneva — Capture of Versoix by the Genevese — Changes in the Policy of Europe — Combinations of Princes — Francis I. determines to attack Savoy — The Bishop of Lausanne opposes the Swiss — The two Armies meet at Morges — Medici’s heart fails him — Embarks his Army and escapes — General break-up — Power of Moral Force — The Lords of the Country too frightened to take up Arms — Spare the People, destroy the Castles — Francis and Margaret of Gingins — The Vicar-General De Gingins hidden at Divonne — Nagueli divides his Army into three Corps — Entrance of the Swiss into Geneva — The Bernese War-song — The Genevese give God the glory

    CHAPTER 13.

    DESTRUCTION OF THE CASTLES JOY IN GENEVA LIBERATION OF BONIVARD. (FROM FEBRUARY TO THE END OF MARCH 1536.)

    Interview between Berne and Geneva — Burning of the Castles — A Circle of Fire — Destruction of Peney — Spirit of Peace in Geneva — Election of Syndics — Advance of the Army — The Soldiers deliberate — The French in Savoy — Seize theDuke’s Stales — Last Years of his Life — Geneva rises as the Duke declines — Pretensions of the Bernese: Firmness of the Genevans — Conquest of Vaud — Bonivard at Chillon — Geneva and Berne resolve to liberate him — Attack upon the Castle — The Garrison runs away — Liberation of Bonivard — An Altar of the Gospel and of Liberty

    CHAPTER 14.

    THE PEOPLE OF GENEVA DESIRE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL. (MARCH TO JUNE 1536.)

    The City and the Country evangelized — The Council in an Episcopal Capacity — The State and the Church — Difficulties — Religion of Neighborhood — A Month granted to the Priests — Furbity set at Liberty — Morals in Geneva — Reason of Opposition to the Ministers — Farel calls for a Public of Faith — Source of Genevese Liberty — Dangers Appeal to the Whole Body of Citizens The Meeting of the Twenty-first of May — The Question put to the People — A Bulwark against the Pope Memorial Inscription — Return of Genevan Refugees — Toleration — Transformation — Easter — Want of good Preachers — Where is the Chosen Man of God?

    CHAPTER 15.

    CALVIN AT FERRARA. (WINTER AND SPRING.)

    The Court of Ferrara — Arrival of two Frenchmen Their Reception by Princess Renee — Men of Letters at Conversations between :Renee and Calvin — of Princes — Calvin’s Last Letters — The Marennes — Meetings in the Chapel of the Hearers — Anne de Beauregard Her early Epitaph — Soubise — His Zeal — Bevilacqua and Titian — The Word stifled by the World Francois the Chaplain — Conversations with Calvin — Calvin lends him a Copy of the Institutes Mass — The ‘Helen’ of the Church — The Chaplain’s Agitation Calvin’s Letter to the Duchess about the Chaplain — Calvin justifies Germany — Calvin writes to Duchemin How to escape the Pollutions of Babylon — Roussel made a Bishop — Calvin’s Letter to him — His energetic Appeal — Lesson to be drawn from these Letters — Calvin’s Influence in Italy — His Danger

    CHAPTER 16.

    FLIGHT OF CALVIN. (Spring, 1536.)

    The Inquisition alarmed — The French ordered to leave Ferrara — Marot’s Lines to the Queen of Navarre — Calvin arrested — Hurried away to Bologna — Stopped and rescued on the Road — His Flight — Castelvetro — Traditions of Carigliano and Saluzzo — The City of Aosta — Beginning of the Gospel — Violent Opposition — Zeal of Bishop Gazzini and the Guardian of the Franciscans — Assembly of the States — Was Calvin at Aosta at that time? — Passes through Aosta twice — Calvin’s Farm — Calvin’s Bridge and Window — The Monument in Aosta — Calvin returns to France — Visit to Noyon — Prepares to return to Basle — His Object and Desire

    CHAPTER 17.

    CALVIN’S ARRIVAL AT GENEVA. (SUMMER, 1536.)

    A Traveller arrives at Geneva — Meeting with Du Tiller — Interview with Farel — Farel invites him to settle at Geneva — Calvin’s Objections — His Timidity — Farel’s Ardor — The Imprecation — The Thunderbolt — Calvin yields to the Call of God — His Journey to Basle — His Sermons at St. Pierre’s — His Place in the Church — A wrong Step — The Spot on the Robe — How it may be excused — The Rule of Conscience — God’s Honor more precious than Life — Religious and Political Liberty united — Hidden Errors — Formation of a living and united Church — Order of the Council — The Centre and the Head

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