John Calvin Timeline

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  • 1509 - 1564
    Life of Protestant theologian and Reformer John Calvin.
  • c. 1511
    John Calvin attends school in Paris, learns Latin.
  • 1525
    John Calvin's father encourages him to study law instead of pursuing the priesthood.
  • c. 1529 - c. 1533
    John Calvin converts from Roman Catholicism to the Reformed Protestant vision of Christianity.
  • 1532
    John Calvin receives his law license.
  • 1536
    John Calvin publishes the first version of The Institutes of the Christian Religion.
  • 1536 - 1538
    John Calvin and William Farel work to establish the Reformation in Geneva.
  • 1538 - 1541
    John Calvin writes and preaches in Strasbourg.
  • 1540
    John Calvin marries the widow Idelette de Bure.
  • 1541
    John Calvin returns to Geneva where he remains the rest of his life.
  • 1549
    John Calvin's wife, Idelette, dies of illness.
  • 1553
    John Calvin condemns Michael Servetus as a heretic; Servetus is burned.
  • 1555
    John Calvin's political opponents, the libertines, are ousted; Calvin becomes the most powerful authority in Geneva.
  • 27 May 1564
    John Calvin dies of illness at Geneva.
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