Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Registres Du Consistoire De Genève Au Temps De Calvin: Tome III (1547-1548)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Registres Du Consistoire De Genève Au Temps De Calvin: Tome III (1547-1548)

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Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin: Tome III (1547-1548). Edited by Thomas A. Lambert and Isabella M. Watt, under the direction of Robert Kingdon. [Travaux d'Humanisme et Renaissance, N° CCCLXXXVII.] (Geneva: Librairie Droz. 2004. Pp. xxiii, 311.)

Unlike the previous volume (see ante [July, 2004], pp. 550-551), this covers a relatively "normal" year with by now relatively standard procedures. As the introduction notes, fornication and quarrels with kin and neighbors now constituted the bulk of its business, with "religious" matters roughly half as frequent as either other category. Nevertheless, it still confronted some stubborn local papistes (pp. 7, 34, 35, 73-74, 80, 90, 98,110,132, 201); one of them (p. 107) came from as far away as Bavaria. Another called this institution "only a barbollerie" implying something resembling today's television family courtrooms. The Consistory also had a few "enemies on the left"; although the most famous, Jacques Gruet (executed in 1547), never appears here because his was a criminal trial, one finds an Anabaptist tailor from Lyon, who was banished together with his apprentice so quickly that we never learn his last name (pp. 177, 180-181). Calvin's Consistory also remained a marriage court. It even advised one divorce, which was duly granted, after a local peasant woman had a bastard child with her married cousin (pp. …

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