Stealing Communion Bread in Reformation Geneva

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Stealing the communion bread was both a problem for the authorities in medieval Europe, but also quite understandable. But in the context of Reformation Geneva, it unveils an entirely new set of problems.

Child of Geneva or Child of God

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The phrases “child of God” and “child of Geneva” had very particular meanings in Reformation Geneva. How those two phrases get deployed elucidates a fundamental tension in Reformation Geneva.

A Dwarf’s Life in Sixteenth-Century Geneva

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We don’t have much detail on the life of the dwarf, Michel Die, but one can’t help but notice the concern that he be treated “humanely,” suggesting that outcome was very much in doubt.

John Muir, Antoine Saunier and the Perception of Mountains in Past Times

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John Muir spent his first winter as a shepherd on the plains of the Central Valley. His comments merit some comparison with Antoine Saunier’s description of Geneva in his 1538 prospectus for the Genevan school. Taken together, we have a sense of how the perception of mountains changed in the 300 years between Saunier and Muir and has changed again since Muir’s day.