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lately students became more and more conscious of Zurich's position as an highbrow and cultural centre of the ecu Reformation. This examine specializes in a little-known point of the Zurich church's overseas job: its courting with Italian-speaking evangelicals in the course of the interval 1540-1620. The paintings assesses the significance of Zwinglian affects in the early Italian evangelical stream and Zurich's contribution to the unfold of the Reformation in Italian-speaking territories reminiscent of Locarno and southern Graubünden. It exhibits how, following the institution of the Roman Inquisition in July 1542, senior Zurich churchmen emerged as details of touch for Italian reformers in exile. A primary quandary of the learn is the chance to the integrity of the Zwinglian payment posed via non secular radicals in the Italian exile group. even supposing the radicals have been really few in quantity, their actions had a profound impression at the means during which the group as a complete got here to be perceived through the Swiss and different Reformed church buildings. In Zurich, the turning aspect used to be a chain of doctrinal disputes throughout the mid-sixteenth century, which culminated within the dissolution of the city's Italian church in November 1563. The alliance cast during these disputes among the management of the Zurich church and theologically conservative Italian exiles grew to become the foundation for shut co-operation in next a long time. Drawing seriously on unpublished assets from Swiss records, the quantity sheds gentle at the strategies in which the limits of Reformed orthodoxy got here to be outlined. particularly, it demonstrates the significance of theological controversy and polemic as catalysts for the systematisation of doctrine in this period.

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