In honor of John Calvin’s 500th birthday on July 10th, this is the 3rd list of 5 aspects of Calvin’s life and works. These lists are intended to acquaint readers with this important figure in the history of the church and civilization.
At the age of 30, Calvin’s friends strongly encouraged him to get married. He rejected the 1st suggested wife because she did not speak French and her noble background might cause her to put on “airs.” He commented that he would never marry her “unless the Lord had entirely bereft me of my wits.” He rejected a second candidate due to her blemished past. He would marry Idelette de Bure at the age of 31. She was a widow with two children.
The qualities he desired in a wife (physical beauty was not a concern) were that she be:
- Willing to take care of his health.
* These are taken from John Calvin–A Biography