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Huldrych Zwingli

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Portrait of Ulrich Zwingli after his death 1531

Huldrych Zwingli, Huldreich Zwingli, Ulrich Zwingli or Ulricht Zwingli (Born::January 1, 1484Died::October 11, 1531) was a leader of the Reformation in Switzerland.


Zwingli was born in 1484 into a wealthy family of the middle class in Wildhaus, Canton of St. Gallen, Swiss Confederation. He was the third of eight children. His father was a farmer and the chief magistrate of Wildhaus. [1] His family decided to give him an education and prepare him for priesthood.[2] In 1519 he became the 'people's priest' as the Great Minster at Zürich, an important ecclesiastical position there.[3]


  1. Cairns, Earle E (1996). Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church (3rd, revised and expanded ed.). Grand rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. p. 294. ISBN 0-310-20812-2. 
  2. Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1997). A History of Christianity:Reformation to the Present. 2. Peabody, MA: Prince Press. p. 747-749. ISBN 1-56563-329-6. 
  3. Hill, Jonathan (2006). Zondervan Handbook to the History of Christianity. Oxford: Lion Publishing/Zondervan. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-310-26270-1.