They include letters, journal entries, poems, speeches, statutes, polemics, articles of religion, biographical accounts, council decrees, religious manuals, and narratives by or related to Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Michael Sattler, George Wishart, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII, John Knox, Teresa of Avila, Jeanne de Jussie, Fra Girolamo Savonarola, Ignatius of Loyola, John Wycliffe, John Whitgift, and Michael Servetus
There is Calvin the father of modernity; Calvin the inventor of capitalism and ergo rampant consumerism; Calvin the militant; even Calvin the dictator of Geneva, hounding Michael Servetus
all the way to a fiery death at the stake.
An appendix presents an excerpt from a drama--The Star and the Stake (1975) by the Hungarian writer Andras Suto (1927-2006)--portraying a clash between John Calvin and Michael Servetus
that is set in Paris during the year 1533.
The concluding chapters discuss two contemporaries who shared his views, Philip Melanchthon and Heinrich Bullinger, and two who disagreed, Andreas Osiander and Michael Servetus
In the late 1500s, a Spanish doctor, Michael Servetus
concluded that blood was oxygenated in the lungs.
John Calvin's arch-enemy was Michael Servetus
, who wrote a widely read book questioning the doctrine of the Trinity (and, almost incidentally, accurately describing the circulation of the blood 75 years before Harvey published his similar account).
His outrage at the burning of Michael Servetus
for heresy in 1553 and his growing disagreements with John Calvin, who had .
He belonged to the Michael Servetus
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Servetus, condemned to death by the Inquisition, fled from Catholic Lyon to Geneva, where he was arrested and the city authorities declared: 'we condemn you Michael Servetus
, to be bound and taken to Champel, and there attached to a stake and burned with your book to ashes'.
, a Spanish physician and theologian, made this statement in the course of his interrogation by John Calvin, the reformer of Geneva.