Manuscripts

Baptism Certificate

Description Special weigh was attached to infant baptism in the Canton of Bern for protection against the Anabaptists. No member of the state was supposed to evade this sacred act. It integrated th...

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A Handwritten Trace of the Hebrew Teacher of Zwingli

Description In February 1516, Erasmus’ edition of the New Testament, entitled Novum Instrumentum, appeared form the printer Froben. It is in a double column typeset, Greek-Latin parallel ed...

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Handwritten Letter from Martin Luther to the Mayor and City Council of Coburg

Description Nine years after his six-month stay at the Veste Coburg in 1530, Luther appealed with this letter to the mayor and city council of Coburg in support of his acquaintance, minister Johann...

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Notebook of John the Constant with Sermon Notes in His Own Hand

Description According to an entry in the Coburg inventory this little book is a record of a Luther sermon which Vicky, the oldest daughter of Prince Albert of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Vict...

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Ex-dono of Christoph von Carlowitz to Philipp Melanchthon

Description A humanist and moderate Protestant, Christoph von Carlowitz (Karlewitz, Carlebitzius, 1507–1574), was an ardent advocate of religious reconciliation. A student of Mosellanus, who ...

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De Tristibus Galliae

Description Transcribed onto paper and illustrated with drawings, De tristibus galliae, a Latin poem in 2722 verses, recounts the turmoil of the French Wars of Religion. The Huguenots are pict...

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Hebrew Dictionary

Description In his Hebrew dictionary, Forster, a Lutheran, claimed on the basis of his interpretation of the Hebrew word `Asah that the Eucharist merely commemorates the sacrifice of Christ but doe...

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Letter from Lady Jane Gray to Heinrich Bullinger

Description Three of Lady Jane Grey’s letters to Heinrich Bullinger still exist. The young lady, heiress to the English throne, thanks the Swiss reformer for his spiritual teaching. A year la...

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Martin Luther (1483-1546), D M Luther an einen guten freund

Description This autograph manuscript is a draft of the first part of one of Martin Luther’s last writings, the Kurtz bekentnis D. Mart. Luthers, vom heiligen Sacrament (Brief Confession on t...

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