New Project to Translate Vermigli’s Common Places

Posted: 17 June 2017

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One of the great architects of the Reformation, Peter Martyr Vermigli, is scarcely read today, as his magnum opus, the Loci Communes (Common Places), was last translated in 1583 and can only be found in rare books collections.  As a result of a new partnership between the Davenant Trust, the Peter Martyr Society, and the Greystone Theological Institute, this essential resource will begin appearing in a new English translation next year.

Beginning in 2018, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s matriculation at the University of Padua, Vermigli’s Loci Communes will begin appearing in a new English translation. Selections of the Common Places will first appear in annual slender volumes as a Supplementum to Greystone’s new theological journal, before an abridged edition of the full Loci Communes (which is about three times longer than Calvin’s Institutes) is published in 2025, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s ordination. There is some potential that the project may be able to proceed faster, or to result in a complete unabridged translation of the Loci in due course, if resources prove sufficient.

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