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1509 – Birth

April 2019

Calvin was born in the French cathedral city of Noyon, 60 miles north of Paris. He was the first of four sons who survived infancy. His mother, Jeanne le Franc, died of an unknown cause in Calvin’s childhood. His father, Gérard Cauvin, was the cathedral notary and registrar to the ecclesiastical court. He hoped his son would become a priest.