The Info List - Protestant Reformers

Reformers were those theologians whose careers, works and actions brought about the Protestant
of the 16th century. Historically speaking, "Protestant" was the name given to those princes present at the Holy Roman Imperial Diet of Speyer in 1529 who protested the revocation of the suspension, granted at a prior Diet of Speyer in 1526, of Edict of Worms of 1521, which had outlawed Martin Luther and his followers.


1 Precursors 2 Magisterial Reformers 3 Radical Reformers 4 Second Front Reformers 5 Counter Reformers 6 See also 7 Further reading

Precursors[edit] There were a number of people who contributed to the development of the Reformation, but lived before it, including:

John Wycliffe John Hus Jerome
of Prague Savonarola Peter Waldo Wessel Harmensz Gansfort

Magisterial Reformers[edit]

Part of a series on


Ninety-five Theses


Arnold of Brescia
Arnold of Brescia
and Arnoldists Peter Waldo
Peter Waldo
and Waldensians Girolamo Savonarola John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe
and Lollardy William Tyndale Jan Hus
Jan Hus
and Hussites


Ninety-five Theses Diet of Worms Luther Bible Iconoclasm Magisterials Radicals

Contributing factors

Western Schism Avignon Papacy Bohemian Reformation Northern Renaissance Humanism Johann Reuchlin German mysticism Johannes Gutenberg
Johannes Gutenberg
and his printing press Erasmus Propaganda Art

Theologies of seminal figures

Theology of Martin Luther Theology of Huldrych Zwingli Theology of John Calvin


Martin Luther Philip Melanchthon Huldrych Zwingli John Calvin Martin Bucer Theodore Beza Heinrich Bullinger Peter Martyr Vermigli William Farel John Knox Roger Williams Thomas Müntzer Balthasar Hubmaier Andreas Karlstadt Menno Simons Thomas Cranmer Richard Hooker Many others

Major political leaders

Henry VIII of England Elizabeth I of England Oliver Cromwell James VI and I William the Silent Gaspard II de Coligny Henry IV of France Jeanne d'Albret Stephen Bocskai Gabriel Bethlen Gustav II Adolf Frederick V, Elector Palatine Philip I of Hesse Frederick III, Elector of Saxony John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony

By location

Germany Switzerland (Geneva/Zürich) England Scotland Netherlands Czech Lands Slovakia Hungary Romania Slovenia Denmark–Norway and Holstein Sweden and Finland Iceland Estonia and Latvia Austria France Italy Poland-Lithuania Ireland

Political and religious conflicts

Thirty Years' War French Wars of Religion Eighty Years' War War of the Three Kingdoms German Peasants' War Wars of Kappel Schmalkaldic War


Catholic Church Council of Trent Anti-Protestantism Criticism of Protestantism Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor


Peace of Westphalia Rise of Pietism No end thesis


Day Reformation
Wall Lutheran commemorations Anglican commemorations


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There were a number of key reformers within the Magisterial Reformation, including:

Theodore Beza Martin Bucer Heinrich Bullinger John Calvin Andreas von Carlstadt, later a Radical Reformer Wolfgang Fabricius Capito Martin Chemnitz Thomas Cranmer William Farel Matthias Flacius Caspar Hedio Justus Jonas John Knox Jan Łaski Martin Luther Philipp Melanchthon Johannes Oecolampadius Peter Martyr Vermigli Aonio Paleario Laurentius Petri Olaus Petri Jiří Třanovský William Tyndale Joachim Vadian Pierre Viret Primož Trubar Huldrych Zwingli

Radical Reformers[edit] Reformers of the Radical Reformation
and the Anabaptist
movement included:

John of Leiden Thomas Müntzer Kaspar Schwenkfeld Sebastian Franck Menno Simons

Second Front Reformers[edit] There were also a number of people who initially cooperated with the Radical Reformers, but separated from them to form a "Second Front", principally in objection to sacralism. Among these were:

Hans Denck Conrad Grebel Balthasar Hubmaier Felix Manz

Counter Reformers[edit] Roman Catholics
Roman Catholics
who worked against the Protestant
Reformation included:

Girolamo Aleandro Augustine Alveld Thomas Cajetan Johann Cochlaeus Johann Eck Jerome
Emser Pope Leo X John Tetzel Thomas More Ignatius Loyola Francis de Sales

See also[edit]

List of Protestant
Reformers (alphabetical) Criticism of Protestantism

Further reading[edit]

George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, 1988. N.B.: Comparative studies of the various leaders of the Magisterial and Radical movements of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

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