Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva
By (author) Robert M. Kingdon
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Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva by Robert M. Kingdon
Book DescriptionThe changes associated with the Reformation were particularly abrupt and far-reaching in John Calvin's Geneva, in large part owing to Calvin himself. This text makes two major contributions to the understanding of this particular period. The first is to the history of divorce, whilst the second is in illustrating the operations of the Consistory of Geneva - an institution designed to control in all its variety the behaviour 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 notable 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 intended to be a first step toward a fuller study of the institution. Kingdon has supervised a complete transcription of the 21 volumes of registers of the Consistory and has made extended use of these materials, as well as other documents that have been largely ignored.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674005211
(229mm x 147mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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Registers of the Consistory at Geneva at the Time of Calvin, Paperback (June 2000)» View all books by Robert M. Kingdon
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Author Biography - Robert M. Kingdon
Robert M. Kingdon was Hilldale Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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