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Michael Wilson Bruening
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO 65409-0001)

Summer Stipends
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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2009 – 8/31/2009

The Unedited Correspondence of Pierre Viret (1511-1571)

I plan to publish a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Swiss Calvinist reformer, Pierre Viret. I now have a verbal agreement with Librarie Droz in Geneva to publish the edition, which will contain 146 letters that have never been published in full or are scattered across various journals. These letters shed much light on one of the most important first-generation Calvinists. Viret was John Calvin's close friend and associate, the leader of the Reformed Church in Lausanne, and, after Calvin himself, the most popular and prolific Calvinist author of his generation. These unedited letters constitute nearly 20% of Viret's extant correspondence. This gap has left out a wealth of information about Viret and, more importantly, the Reformation in Switzerland generally. This project is a particularly timely one, since the 500th anniversary of Viret's birth will be celebrated in 2011.