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Jean Calvin (1509-1564)
Jean Calvin (1509-1564)

500 years after his birth, John Calvin (1509-1564) remains one of the most important figures of the Reformation. Opposed to the Roman Catholic Church, he initiated the movement which would come to be known as Calvinism. In 1536, he fled France and took refuge in Geneva, which had officially adopted the Reformation, in order to escape persecution in France. He was first a professor of theology and then director of the Reformed Church and finally head of a real Calvinist Republic. He is considered a more radical reformer than Luther; he was severe and intractable, totally renouncing the Pope and Catholic mass and fighting against church superstitions.
Versailles, châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
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