Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 56
Peter Martyr Library, Vol. 7
Among the most polemical of Martyr’s works, the texts presented here are part of the turbulent period in England during the times of Edward VI and Archbishop Cranmer. Along with his account of the Disputation, Martyr published a Treatise that provides systematic treatment of the arguments, biblical and patristic in source, with transubstantiation the target. There is a wealth of information about the state of the realm, the choice of patristic authorities, the nature of Martyr’s objections to the traditional doctrine, and his proposed alternative.
Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.
Abbreviations Used in This Volume
General Editors’ Preface
Part One: Treatise on the Sacrament of the Eucharist
Peter Martyr’s Prefaces
Treatise on the Sacrament of the Eucharist
Arguments for Transubstantiation
Arguments against Transubstantiation
Refutation of Arguments for Transubstantiation
Rules for Patristics
Analysis of the Patristic Evidence
Alternatives to Transubstantiation
The Lutheran Teaching
The Zwinglian Teaching
Part Two: A Disputation on the Sacrament of the Eucharist
Letter from the Royal Legates
Questions Proposed For Discussion
(A) Chancellor Cox
(B) Peter Martyr’s Preface
(D) William Tresham’s Address
(E) The Disputation Begins
(F) Second Question
(A) Dr. Peter Martyr
(B) Preface of William Chedsey
(C) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey
(D) Second Question
(E) Nicholas Cartwright vs. William Chedsey
(F) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey
(A) Peter Martyr vs. Philip Morgan
(B) Peter Martyr vs. Tresham
(C) Peter Martyr vs. Philip Morgan
(D) Peter Martyr vs. William Tresham.
(A) Preface of William Chedsey
(B) Preface and Prayer of Peter Martyr
(C) Peter Martyr vs. William Chedsey: Confirmation of the First Question
(D) Confirmation of the Second Question
(E) Second Question Resumed
(F) Summation by Chancellor Cox
About the Translator
Index of Names, Including Classical and Patristic References
The translation by Joseph C. McLelland is excellent. He has achieved a moderately “aureate” translation that conveys the sense of the original text more sentence by sentence than word by word.
—Sixteenth Century Journal
This volume contains a helpful introduction by the translator which sets Vermigli’s work in its historical context, introducing readers to Vermigli’s opponents and also to his eucharistic theology as such. The work also includes a Scripture index, an index of names, including classical and patristic references, and a general subject index. All in all, this handsome book bears all the marks of a well-executed project.
—Mid-America Journal of Theology
A further volume of the admirable Peter Martyr Library continues the task of making this unjustly neglected central figure of the Reformation accessible to modern readers.
—Journal of Theological Studies