Stories of the Reformation

//Stories of the Reformation

Dive into history to uncover the remarkable stories of faith and passion in early Protestantism.

John Wycliffe

John Wycliffe, first of the famous reformers, lived from about 1320 to 1384—a period of many hardships. The Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, the Peasants’ Revolt, and the captivity of the church at Avignon, France all happened in his lifetime. Wycliffe was born to a devout Catholic family in northern England. He attended Oxford [...]


Jerome of Prague

The gospel most likely found its way into Bohemia about the ninth century and soon after, the Bible was available in the local language. However, as the power of the Catholic Church grew, the use of the Latin Bible became more popular. The Catholic Church grew to become the ruling power in Bohemia, but small [...]


Philipp Melanchthon

Philipp Schwartzerdt, later known as Philipp Melanchthon, was a scholar of the Reformation. He played a large role in the religious and educational life of the sixteenth century. According to James Richard, “before Melanchthon had passed the meridian of his life, he had witnessed, and had acted a large part in effecting, one of the [...]


John Laski

Among the men of the Reformation, few sacrificed so much wealth as John Laski, also known as Johannes Alasco. He was born into a rich family in Poland, and had two brothers. One was a Polish diplomat in France, and the other was a well-known author. Laski’s uncle guided him into priestly orders, and helped [...]


Gaspard De Coligny

Gaspard De Coligny, the son of a noble French family, was born in 1519 in Chatillon-sur-Loing. His father died when Coligny was five, leaving his mother to raise him and his two brothers. His mother had an interest for religious reform, and passed this on to her sons through their teachers. Coligny stayed with his [...]


Louis De Berquin

Louis De Berquin was a member of a noble family. He was a Huguenot at the court of Francis I. Three times he was charged with heresy and imprisoned, and finally burned at the stake. Berquin was influenced by Erasmus and Lefevre at the University of Paris. He had also met Margaret of Angouleme, the sister of [...]