Reforming Geneva

  • Anna Kvicalova


The chapter paints a picture of the city of Geneva in the first years after the Reformation, and describes the process of formation of the Reformed church in the city—which was marked by continuous negotiation of the relationship between the nascent church and state—and the transformation of everyday religious practices in Geneva. The chapter lays special emphasis on the registers of the Consistory, which provide crucial insights into the microlevel dynamics of this religious and social change and serve as a point of departure for the chapters to follow. Kvicalova introduces specific techniques developed by the Consistory to gather, store, and instrumentalize information about the people it summoned, and examines the institution’s active role in the distribution of different kinds of knowledge.


Everyday Religious Practices Small Council communionCommunion post-Reformation Decades Ecclesiastical Ordinances 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Kvicalova
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  1. 1.Center for Theoretical StudyCharles UniversityPraha 1Czech Republic

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