“No other reformer struck out a more original and independent course than Ulrich Zwingli,” nineteenth-century biographer William Blackburn wrote. “No other man attempted to be, at the same time, a preacher, author, statesman, military patriot, and reformer.”
Combining seven classic volumes on the life and legacy of Zwingli, this collection sheds light on the first-generation reformer’s important role in church history. Study Zwingli’s life story from several different perspectives with a variety of biographies. Read selections of his most important writings. And place Zwingli within the greater context of the Swiss Reformation with insights into the rise of the movement and Zwingli’s fellow reformers. Of interest to any student of the Reformation, these studies deepen your understanding of Zwingli’s theology and ministry.
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Ulrich (Huldrych) Zwingli (1484–1531) was a notable Swiss leader of the Reformation. Born to a family of farmers in Wildhaus, Switzerland, Zwingli was educated at the University of Basel, where he earned a Master of Arts degree. Ordained in 1506, his first ecclesiastical post was in the town of Glarus where he stayed for 10 years and got involved with politics during a turbulent time in Swiss history. He then took a position in the town of Einsiedeln, and achieved a reputation as a gifted preacher and writer, he was elected the stipendiary priest of Zurich.
In 1522, Zwingli published a sermon against fasting, Von Erkiesen und Freiheit der Speisen (“Regarding the Choice and Freedom of Foods”), which is considered by some historians to be the first act of the Swiss Reformation.
In 1529, the famous dispute over the interpretation of the Eucharist divided Martin Luther and Zwingli during the Marburg Colloquy, which resulted in two Protestant confessions. The Lutherans presented Charles V with the Augsburg confession, while Zwingli produced his own, Fidei ratio (“Account of Faith”). As the Reformation grew across Switzerland and other nearby countries, cantons (states) were split between those supporting Rome and those supporting the Reformation. On October 9, 1531, the city of Zurich was caught off guard by a declaration of war by an alliance of neighboring cantons known as the Five States (Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, and Zug). On October 11, Zwingli was among the 500 soldiers that died on the battlefield.