Volume Editor's Introduction

in The Short Chronicle

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226417059
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226417073 | DOI:
Volume Editor's Introduction

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This chapter presents an introduction to Jeanne de Jussie's chronicle about the reformation in Geneva in the sixteenth century. Jeanne de Jussie was born in 1503 in Jussy‑I'Évêque, a village about fifteen kilometers from Geneva that still bears her family's name. The chronicle begins with the Combourgeoisie between Geneva, Bern, and Fribourg in 1526, as Jussie outlines briefly key events of the first few years of the alliance: opposition from nobles, the flight of Prince-Bishop Pierre de la Baume, the murder of François Ternier, Lord of Pontverre, and the arrival of Swiss troops. She covers the years 1530 to 1534 in greater detail, describing escalating conflicts between defenders of the traditional religion and advocates of the Reformation as the battle for control of Geneva becomes more theological and less political, at least on the surface. Jussie's compelling story is significant for what it tells us about the Reformation's impact on the lives of the women who experienced it from inside the walls of their cloister and for the singular view it provides of struggles for political and religious power in early sixteenth-century Geneva.

Keywords: chronicle; reformation; Geneva; Fribourg; conflict; coister

Chapter.  13431 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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