Calvin and Death: RefoThursday

A great entry in the series by Herman Selderhuis:

John Calvin saw death daily.  In his day people regularly died in the streets, many babies died at birth, and dead bodies could be seen carted away in the city or left lying where they fell on European battlefields.

More significant for Calvin himself, however, was the death of his mother, Jeanne, in 1515, leaving him motherless at six. The death of a six-year-old’s mother has an enormous emotional impact, whether the child lives in the twenty-first century or in the sixteenth century.

Read it all.