Published over the span of fifteen years, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne’s 8-volume History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin offers a sweeping history of the second generation of the Reformation. D’Aubigne not only conceived of the Reformation in theological and ecclesiastical terms, but defined it as a watershed moment for all of human history. His 8-volume history of the Reformation describes not only theological and ecclesiastical reform, but also the implication of the Reformation on culture, the arts, philosophy, and science in the centuries which followed.
Although John Calvin figures prominently in the History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin, this work is not biographical. Instead, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne uses Calvin’s life and the church in Geneva to narrate the comprehensive scope of religious reform during the sixteenth century. These books outline the people, places, and ideas which shaped the Reformation in France, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He argues that not only religious, but also political emancipation results from the Reformation, and explores the nature of religious freedom, political liberty, and the influence on human history in the three centuries following the Reformation.
The History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin not only became a best-selling and widely praised account of the Reformation, but remains one of the most compelling and influential Reformation histories more than a century after its original publication. With Logos, you get access to these massive volumes with the power and speed of your digital library. Perform searches, create footnotes and citations, and click your way through one of the most comprehensive Reformation histories ever written! These volumes are ideal for Reformation scholars, church historians, and theologians.
Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne’s volumes had a wider circulation, at least in the English translations, than any other book on church history.
The most popular. . . Protestant history of the Reformation ever written.
—J. W. Thompson
Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne was the prince of Reformation historians…
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Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne was born 1794 in Geneva. He studied theology at the Académie de Genève. He was ordained in 1817, and moved to Berlin to study at the University of Berlin under August Neander. An 1817 celebration of Martin Luther’s life inspired him to write A History of the Reformation, a project he undertook years later.
In 1818, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne became minister at the French Reformed Church in Hamburg, where he remained until he became pastor of a church in Brussels from 1823 to 1830. He returned to Geneva in 1831 to help found the theological seminary there, and became professor of church history. The 5-volume History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century was published in French between 1835 and 1853, and The History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin was published between 1863 and 1878, the last three volumes published posthumously. During his lifetime, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne received honorary doctorates from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the University of Berlin.
Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne died in 1872.