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Life, Letters, and Sermons

Edited by John Patrick Donnelly

Life, Letters, and Sermons
Hardback, 368 pages £18.00
Published: 1999
ISBN: 9780943549613
Format: 228mm x 150mm
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Subjects: Philosophy and Religion, The Davenant Institute
Series: Peter Martyr Library

This volume illustrates the busy and conflicted career of Vermigli, who left his beloved Italy in 1542, one step ahead of the Inquisition, to spend twenty years in three centers of Reform: Strasbourg, Oxford, and Zurich. This collection serves not only to display the more personal side of Vermigli, but also fills in details that polemical writings alone cannot provide. Here we see both ecclesiastical and pastoral concerns of Vermigli, and we can study the way he approached each in the spirit of humility and earnestness. This volume is a worthy partner and guide to the works presented in other volumes in this series.

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.


Abbreviations Used in This Volume

General Editors’ Preface

Translator’s Preface

Translator’s IntroductionSimiler's Life of Peter Martyr Vermigli

Oration on the Life and Death of Doctor Peter Martyr Vermigli

Letters of Peter Martyr Vermigli

Letter No. 1: To the Canons of San Frediano in Lucca

Letter No. 5:To a Certain Friend on Flight in Persecution

Letter No. 6: To All the Faithful of the Church of Lucca

Letter No. 48: To John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester

Letter No. 53: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger

Letter No. 59: To the Widow of Martin Bucer

Letter No. 71: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger

Letter No. 72: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger

Letter No. 85: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger

Letter No. 101: To the Church of the English

Letter No. 114: To Theodore Beza at Lausanne

Letter No. 121: To Doctor John Calvin

Letter No. 126: To the Polish Lords

Letter No. 152: To the Brethren at Lucca

Letter No. 200: To Queen Elizabeth

Letter No. 247: To the Polish Churches

Letter No. 267: To the Illustrious Polish Noblemen

Sermons of Peter Martyr Vermigli

Oration on Christ’s Resurrection

A Sermon on a Passage in John, Chapter 20

On the Death of Christ from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

An Oration or Sermon Out of the First Chapter of the Prophet Haggai

Exhortation to the Mystical Supper of the Lord

Exhortation for Youths to Study Sacred Letters

Encomium of the Word of God Handed Down in the Scriptures and an Exhortation to Study Them

Oration or Sermon From the Second Chapter of Malachi on the Usefulness and Dignity of the Ministry

Oration to the Strasbourg Academy, on the Study of Theology

Inaugural Oration at Zurich When He Took the Place of Doctor Konrad Pellikan

Index of Scripture References

Index of Classical and Patrological References

Subject Index

While the Vermigli studies are constantly becoming more profound and far-reaching, the praiseworthy undertaking of the Peter Martyr Library continues. Its editors completed the fifth magnificent volume. It contains numerous letters, some sermons of Vermigli, and the funeral oration which Josiah Simler composed to commemorate the memory of the friend he had lost in 1562. This source is still very important for biographers of Martyr. A worthy addition to the very handsome project of the Library.
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John Patrick Donnelly, S.J. Since 1971, he has taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he is professor of history. His research has centred mainly on the Jesuits and on Peter Martyr Vermigli. Publications include Calvinism and Scholasticism in Vermigli’s Doctrine of Man and Grace (Leiden: Brill, 1976), and with Robert M. Kingdon, A Bibliography of the Works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, XII (Kirksville, Mo.), 1990. He currently serves on the editorial boards of The Sixteenth Century Journal and Archive for Reformation Research. He is co-general editor of the Peter Martyr Library.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 368 pages
 228mm x 150mm

BIC Code:
  HIS037020, REL053000, REL108020
 Davenant Institute


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