Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
BICENTENARY OF THE GENEVAN REFORMATION
DASSIER, Jean: Swiss, 1735, Bronze, 55 mm
The Reformation was a movement to reform the Roman Catholic church. It was prompted by discontent with the church, its clergy, doctrine and practices. The reformation was a revolt not only against the doctrinal authority of the church, it was also a protest against the interference of the church in secular matters and the questionable activities of the clergy, notably the sale of indulgences and holy relics. The start of the Reformation is traditionally dated from 1517, when Martin Luther published his Ninety-five Theses. Other powerful reformers appeared in Switzerland, including Ulrich Zwingli in Zurich and, later, the more radical Frenchman John Calvin in Geneva. This medal commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Reformation in Geneva. (From Encyl. World Hist).