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The Spanish Heretic: Cipriano De Valera

  • Lewis J. Hutton (a1)


The approaching four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the 1559 edition of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion has aroused in Spanish-speaking circles a desire to make more generally available the translation made by Cipriano de Valera in 1597. This labor of love has been undertaken by Professor B. Foster Stockwell in Buenos Aires and his facsimile reproduction of the Spanish translation of the Institutes is being published by La Aurora press.



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1. Calvino, Juan, Institución de la Religión Cristiana. Traducción de Cipriano de Valera. Reproducción facsimilar de la Edición de 1597. (Buenos Aires, 1952), Vol. I.

2. Wiffeniana, Bibliotheca, Spanish Reformers of Two Centuries from 1520. Their Lives and Writings, According to the late Benjamin B. Wiffen's Plan and with the Use of His Materials. Described by Edward Boehmer. (Strassburg, 1904), Vol. III, p. 149.

3. Castro, Américo, Aspectos del Vivir Hispánico (Santiago de Chile, 1949), p. 82.

4. McCrie, Thomas, History of the Progress and Suppression of the Reformation in Spain in the Sixteenth Century (Philadelphia, 1842), p. 272.

5. Pelayo, Marcelino Menéndez, Historia de los Heterodoxos Españoles (Santander, 1947), Vol. IV, p. 170.

6. de Sigüenza, Fray José, Historia de la Orden de San Jerónimo (Madrid, 1907), Vol. I, p. 239f.

7. Ibid., p. 240.

8. Ibid., p. 241.

9. Ibid., p. 436.

10. Castro, op. cit., p. 84.

11. Ibid., p. 85.

12. Sigüenza, op. cit., p. 325.

13. Ibid.

14. Florez, Fr. Enrique, España Sagrada (Madrid, 1747), Vol. II, Book 3, Chapter 13.

15. Sigüenza, op. cit., p. 329.

16. Ibid.

17. Castro, op. cit., p. 86.

18. Ibid.

19. de Montes (Montanus), Raimundo Gonzalez, Artes de la Inquisizion Española. Volume V of Reformistas Antiguos Españoles edited by Río, Luis Usoz y. (Madrid, 1851), p. 190.

20. Ibid., p. 179.

21. Ibid., p. 239.

22. Ibid., p. 244.

23. Linnhoff, Lieselotte, Spanische Protestanten und England (Emsdetten, 1934), p. 333.

24. Montanus, op. cit., p. 260.

25. Ibid., p. 264.

26. Ibid.

27. Ibid., p. 272.

28. Ibid., pp. 273–274.

29. Ibid., p. 236.

30. Ibid., p. 244.

31. Ibid., p. 245.

32. Ibid., p. 248.

33. Bibliotheca Wiffeniana, op. cit., p. 150. Reforma en España (Mexico, 1942), p. 130.

34. Claudlo Gutierrez Mann, Historia de la

35. Calvino, Juan, Instituzion Relijiosa (1536) traduzida al castellano por Zipriano de Valera en 1597. Volume XIV of Reformistas Antiguos Españoles edited by Rio, Luis Usoz y (Madrid, 1858), page 9 of Valera's un-paginated introduction, “A Todos los Fieles de la Nazion Española”.

36. Marin, op. cit., p. 131.

37. Hutton, L. J., “Teresa de Cartagena: A Study in Castilian Spirituality”, Theology Today, Vol. XII, No. 4 (01, 1956).

38. de Valera, Cipriano, Los Dos Tratados del Papa i de la Misa. Volume VI of Reformistas Antiguos Españoles edited by Luis, Usoz y Rio (Madrid, 1851), “Epistola al Christiano Lector”.

39. Ibid., p. 18. Valera calls the city “Elibera” and erroneously says that the Council was held in 335 A.D.

40. de Valera, Cipriano, Tratado para Confirmar en la Fe Cristiana a los Cautivos de Berberia. Volume VIII of Reformistas Antiguos Españoles edited by Luis, Usoz y Rio (Madrid, 1854), p. 127.

41. Valera, op. cit., Introduction “A Todos los Fieles de la Nazion Española” to Juan Calvino, Instituzion Relijiosa, un- paginated, page 7.

42. Valera, op. cit., Los Dos Tratados del Papa e de la Misa, “Epistola al Christiano Leetor”.

43. Ibid., p. 18.

44. Ibid., p. 19.

45. Ibid., p. 157.

46. Ibid., pp. 531–532.

47. Valera, op. cit., Tratado para Confirmar en La Fe Cristiana a 10s Cautivos de Berbería, p. 2.

48. Ibid., p. 136.

49. Menéndez Pelayo, op. cit., p. 170.

50. Valera, op. cit., Introduction “A Todos los Fieles de la Nazion Española” to Calvino, Juan, Instituzion Relijiosa, unpaginated, page 12.

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