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Beza, Theodore
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(Jun 24, 1519, Vézelay – Oct 13, 1605, Geneva), poet and reformer, successor of Calvin. Beza came from an aristocratic family in the province of Nivernais France and studied in Orléans under Melchior Volmar, a humanist from Rottweil. After completing legal studies, he dedicated himself in Paris to the art of Latin poetry. His “Poemata” (Paris, 1548) were greatly admired. Attracted by the Reformation, he went through a deep religious crisis following a serious illness: He renounced…

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Dufour, Alain, “Beza, Theodore”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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