‘Englishing’ Pierre Viret: The Case of John Véron

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar

in Reformation Fictions

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729430 | DOI:
‘Englishing’ Pierre Viret: The Case of John Véron

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This chapter explores a series of eight dialogues on purgatory, predestination, the cult of the saints, and clerical celibacy by the Frenchman John Véron (1561–2). Véron sugars his repudiation of Catholic doctrine by means of a lively cast of four interlocutors and satirical jibes. Yet Ciceronian civility and a clear division of labour ensures that religious decorum is always preserved. These decorous popularizing techniques are not his own, however. Véron's The Huntynge of Purgatorye to death is an unacknowledged translation‐cum‐adaptation of Pierre Viret's Disputations chrestiennes (Geneva, 1552). Comparing Véron's Huntynge and Viret's Disputations for the first time, this chapter discusses Véron's ‘Englishing’ of Viret, and its significance for the circulation of Viret's ideas in England. The second part of the chapter analyses the Protestant characters' rhetorical strategies of refutation and the extent of their success.

Keywords: John Véron; Pierre Viret; satire; religious decorum; rhetorical strategies of refutation; purgatory; predestination; free will; justification; cult of the saints; clerical marriage

Chapter.  19376 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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