Category: Religious Personalities
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John Calvin
Posted: 26 October 2010 in Religious Personalities
Tags: calvinism, protestantism, reformation

John Calvin (Jean Cauvin) was born on 15 July 1509 at Noyon in Picardy, France; the son of Gérard Cauvin and his wife Jeanne le Franc. Calvin’s father intended that he should train for the priesthood, and by the age of twelve the precocious Calvin was already working as clerk to the local bishop. He […]

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Martin Luther
Posted: 15 October 2010 in Religious Personalities
Tags: europe, holy roman empire, papal bull, protestantism, reformation

Martin Luther was born on 10 November 1483 at Eisleben in Germany. His parents were  Hans and Margaretha Luther. The year following his birth, Luther’s family moved to Mansfeld, where his father owned the lease on a copper mine. When seven years of age he was sent to school in Mansfield, and there remained until […]

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Oliver Cromwell
Posted: 9 October 2010 in Military Leaders, Politicians, Religious Personalities
Tags: british politics, Charles I, Charles II, democracy, English Civil War, lord protector, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament

Oliver Cromwell was born on 25 April 1599, in Huntingdon, not far from Cambridge. He was directly descended from Catherine Cromwell, a sister of Thomas Cromwell, one of the many associates Henry VIII had executed after they had fallen into disfavour. His father Robert was the younger son of a knight, but, as the younger […]

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St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
Posted: 24 February 2009 in Religious Personalities
Tags: dark ages, fifth century, lives of saints, paganism, patron saint of ireland, roman empire

By the early fifth century the Roman Empire was on the point of collapse, the Dark Ages were about to descend upon Western Europe, and extant records about the lives of saints, or anything else, are thin on the ground. Nevertheless, one character of whom we know a little,  and dating from this period, is […]

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