Life, Letters, and Sermons

Life, Letters, and Sermons

Life, Letters, and Sermons

Life, Letters, and Sermons

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This volume tries to make three things available in an annotated modern translation: Josiah Simler’s biography of Peter Martyr Vermigli, a representative selection of Vermigli’s letters, and all his sermons. All of this material is in print and most of it has been previously translated into English, but most of the translations are in Elizabethan English and come without a modern set of notes. Martyr’s letters reveal the personal side of the man better than do his theological and exegetical works—for instance in his letter consoling the widow of Martin Bucer. They also explore theological problems that are not treated in full in his major works. His letters and his sermons are also the best reflections of his pastoral concerns. Because the letters and sermons stretch over twenty years and touch on such a wide variety of topics, this introduction is brief. The first footnote for each letter or sermon will fill in the needed background for that item. The following three sections of the introduction will explore the relationship and background of the three parts of this volume.

SIMLER’S “ORATIO DE VITA ET OBITU… PETRI MARTYRIS VERMILII”

Josiah Simler was a good friend of Martyr both before and after Martyr began teaching at the Zurich Academy in 1556 and was his successor there. Simler gave the funeral address several days after Martyr’s death on 12 November 1562 and published an expanded version in 1563. Simler’s biography was reprinted repeatedly, notably in most editions of the LC and in all . . .

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