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Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva

ISBN-10: 067400521X
ISBN-13: 9780674005211
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/2/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In Calvin's Geneva, the changes associated with the Reformation were particularly abrupt and far-reaching, in large part owing to John Calvin himself. Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva makes two major contributions to our understanding of this time. The first is to the history of divorce. The second is in illustrating the operations of the Consistory of Geneva--an institution designed to control in all its variety the behavior of the entire population--which was established at Calvin's insistence in 1541. This mandate came shortly after the city officially adopted Protestantism in 1536, a time when divorce became legally possible for the first time in centuries. Robert Kingdon illustrates the changes that accompanied the earliest Calvinist divorces by examining in depth a few of the most dramatic cases and showing how divorce affected real individuals. He considers first, and in the most detail, divorce for adultery, the best-known grounds for divorce and the best documented. He also covers the only other generally accepted grounds for these early divorces--desertion. The second contribution of the book, to show the work of the Consistory of Geneva, is a first step toward a fuller study of the institution. Kingdon has supervised the first accurate and complete transcription of the twenty-one volumes of registers of the Consistory and has made the first extended use of these materials, as well as other documents that have never before been so fully utilized.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Institutional Matrix
The Pierre Ameaux Case: Divorce for Adultery and Blasphemy
The Antoine Calvin Case: Divorce for Adultery
The Jean Bietrix Case: Forced Reconciliation
Death for Adultery
The Galeazzo Caracciolo Case: Divorce for Religious Desertion
The Rationale for Divorce: Theodore Beza's Treatise
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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