Lion & Phoenix is celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a series of Protestant Profiles, featuring significant figures from the last five centuries. We’re nearly a third of a way through as we approach the anniversary on 31 October and I thought it would be good to provide a “catch-up” for anyone reading who may have missed some of the brief biographical sketches included so far.
Our upcoming profile on William Perkins will take us out of the 16th century, so here are the notables from the 1500s we’ve featured in the series.
1 Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
2 Ulrich Zwingli (1484 – 1531)
3 Jean Calvin (1509 – 1564)
4 Philip Melancthon (1497 – 1560)
5 Heinrich Bullinger (1504 – 1575)
6 Theodore Beza (1519 – 1605)
7 William Tyndale (1494-1536)
8 John Knox (1513 – 1572)
9 John Bradford (1510–1555)
10 Queen Jane of England (c. 1537 – 1554)
We also featured a couple of posts in the lead up to the series on some of the predecessors to the Reformation from early and medieval church history. You can follow these links to read about Irenaeus, Athanasius and Augustine and about Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus.
While doing the series I’ve been continuing my (now doctoral) research into Thomas Watson and in exploring his influences and sources, I’ve encountered many other significant early Reformation figures, including some I’d never heard of. I realised that I could easily have devoted this entire series to the first and second generation of Reformers – but from the beginning I had planned to span Protestant history to chart out how the gospel has gone forth across the centuries.
But for interest’s sake, here are a few of the early Reformation figures I might have included, had I chosen to go down the alternative route.
Peter Martyr Vermigli
Antoine de la Faye