Life, Letters, and Sermons (Vermigli)

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Trueman State University Press

This volume illustrates the busy and conflicted career of Vermigli, who left his beloved Italy in 1542, one step ahead of the Inquisition, to spend twenty years in three centers of Reform: Strasbourg, Oxford, and Zurich. This collection serves not only to display the more personal side of Vermigli, but also fills in details that polemical writings alone cannot provide. Here we see both ecclesiastical and pastoral concerns of Vermigli, and we can study the way he approached each in the spirit of humility and earnestness. This volume is a worthy partner and guide to the works presented in other volumes in this series.

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.

Table of Contents: 

Similer's Life of Peter Martyr Vermigli
Oration on the Life and Death of Doctor Peter Martyr Vermigli

Letters of Peter Martyr Vermigli
Letter No. 1: To the Canons of San Frediano in Lucca
Letter No. 5:To a Certain Friend on Flight in Persecution
Letter No. 6: To All the Faithful of the Church of Lucca
Letter No. 48: To John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester
Letter No. 53: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger
Letter No. 59: To the Widow of Martin Bucer
Letter No. 71: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger
Letter No. 72: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger
Letter No. 85: Peter Martyr to Henry Bullinger
Letter No. 101: To the Church of the English
Letter No. 114: To Theodore Beza at Lausanne
Letter No. 121: To Doctor John Calvin
Letter No. 126: To the Polish Lords
Letter No. 152: To the Brethren at Lucca
Letter No. 200: To Queen Elizabeth
Letter No. 247: To the Polish Churches
Letter No. 267: To the Illustrious Polish Noblemen 

Sermons of Peter Martyr Vermigli
Oration on Christ’s Resurrection
A Sermon on a Passage in John, Chapter 20
On the Death of Christ from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
An Oration or Sermon Out of the First Chapter of the Prophet Haggai
Exhortation to the Mystical Supper of the Lord
Exhortation for Youths to Study Sacred Letters
Encomium of the Word of God Handed Down in the Scriptures and an Exhortation to Study Them
Oration or Sermon From the Second Chapter of Malachi on the Usefulness and Dignity of the Ministry
Oration to the Strasbourg Academy, on the Study of Theology
Inaugural Oration at Zurich When He Took the Place of Doctor Konrad Pellikan



"While the Vermigli studies are constantly becoming more profound and far-reaching, the praiseworthy undertaking of the Peter Martyr Library continues. Its editors completed the fifth magnificent volume. It contains numerous letters, some sermons of Vermigli, and the funeral oration which Josiah Simler composed to commemorate the memory of the friend he had lost in 1562. This source is still very important for biographers of Martyr. A worthy addition to the very handsome project of the Library." — Studi di Teologia