Pierre Viret born in 1511 in Orbe in the Country of Vaud. Although of a poor family, it could follow studies and it studied thus with the Collège of Montaigu in Paris. It is during its studies that it came into contact with the ideas of the Reform.
After its studies, and its return to Orbe in 1531, it was convinced to become preacher by Guillaume Farel. He traverses the Country of Vaud then in order to preach the idea news of the Reformation.
1st in October 8th 1536, it takes part in the Dispute of Lausanne, ordered by the baillifs of Bern, which puts in opposition 174 catholic priests vis-a-vis a handle of Reformers carried out by Viret, Guillaume Farel and Jean Calvin. Following this one, several monks and canons adopt the Reform. Bern considering the victory of the Reformers promulga one mandement prohibiting to celebrate the mass. This mandement and the later edicts make rock the country of Vaud in the Reform. The following year, is founded the Académie of Lausanne ( Schola Lausannensis ) by the Berneses, where Viret will teach until in 1546 year when it is relieved by the Berneses following a dissension on the discipline of Holy Cène. It leaves then for Geneva, where it exerts as preacher. In 1561, it leaves Geneva for Nimes and occupies the post of professor of theology to the Academy of the city until 1562. It goes then to Lyon (1563) and Orange (1565). Expelled from France, it spends the last years of its life to the invitation of Jeanne d' Albret in Navarre, and teaches with the Academy of Orthez until its death in 1571.
- the Interim , Lyon 1565
- Christian Instruction in the doctrines of the Law and the Gospel , Geneva 1564, Editor/Edition: The Age of man, ISBN 2825114162
- Pierre Viret and the ecclesiastical discipline by Olivier Favre, Pasteur of the evangelic Church Baptist of Lausanne
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