John [Jean] Calvin (1509-1564)

posted Apr 25, 2010, 12:02 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Apr 25, 2010, 12:10 AM ]
Calvin was not a nice man: you can even see it in his portrait:

But Geneva was perfect for his Master Plan, and he knew it the moment he saw the town:

Calvin put Geneva on the map, and this was partly due to the fact that Protestant refugees swarmed into the town, bringing with them new trades and industries.  One of the most important of these was printing: