She Wasn’t A Virtuous Woman

On December 3d, Myconius writes Zwingli that his friends in Zurich were many, but that he was adversely criticised because he was so fond of music, and because he was so given to worldly pleasures. Myconius had not found it difficult to silence these objections. But another was more serious, viz., the story that he had been guilty of a foul wrong to the daughter of a prominent citizen of Einsiedeln, and Myconius implores Zwingli to give the lying tale prompt and emphatic denial.

Whether he wrote to Myconius on the subject is unknown, but he did write to Canon Utinger, who was apparently the leading man of the advocates of Zwingli in the cathedral chapter, and with this chapter the choice rested. The letter in its tone shows that Zwingli was at the time far from being a saint, that he was leading an unchaste life without any appreciation of its guilt, and that he was only anxious that his chances of election should not be injured by the report. As for the report itself, he exposes its entire falsity. His disclaimer was at once accepted as satisfactory, and when the election was held, on Saturday, December 11th, he was the choice of the chapter by a vote of 17 to 7.*

Below is the letter Zwingli wrote to Utinger:





*Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 118–119).