Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531AD)
Engraved by H. Robinson from an oil portrait by Hans Asper, 1531AD.
THE RISE OF THE REFORMATION IN SWITZERLAND.
A LIFE OF THE REFORMER,
WITH SOME NOTICES OF HIS TIME AND CONTEMPORARIES,
PASTOR OF THE REFORMED CHURCH, WINTERSINGEN, SWITZERLAND.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN,
JOHN COCHRAN, Esq.
T. & T. CLARK, 38 GEORGE STREET.
LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS, & CO. DUBLIN: JOHN ROBERTSON. PHILADELPHIA: SMITH, ENGLISH, & CO.
The object of the present work is to set Zwingli before us as he lived, and as he wrought. The Author has adopted the plan likely to be most successful in conveying an accurate impression of his subject;—he has made his work, as far as the materials at his command would admit of, autobiographical. We have extracts from the Reformer’s correspondence—we are introduced to the circle of his friends—we are thrown into the arena of his mighty contests—we are conducted through the vineyard in which he laboured—we are admitted to view the interior of his domestic life. But in the communication of this information it is chiefly the hero himself who speaks, and tells us the story of his life. The portraiture of the Reformer thus drawn may be accepted as faithful; it can hardly be otherwise; the plan taken by the Author is certainly that best adapted for producing what may be called a photographic delineation of character. But it is not only the Reformer himself who is here sketched to the life, much light is thrown upon his coadjutors in the work of Reformation, upon the rise and history of the great movement itself, and upon the manners and modes of thinking of the times in which it took place. We believe the work will be generally acceptable to the English public, as a faithful record of the doings and sayings of one of the noblest characters of an eventful epoch.
Zwingli’s Entrance on his Official Duties at Zurich—Style of
Preaching—His Difficulties and Conflicts—His Joys and Sorrows—His
Studies and Friends—From 1619-1523, or Till the First Disputation on
Zwingli’s Labours for the Extension and Support of the
Reformation which Emanated from him, in the other Cantons of
Switzerland, as well as in Germany, France, and Italy.