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Theodore Beza (or de Bèze), the protégé, colleague, biographer, and successor of J. Calvin (1509–64), was born on June 24, 1519, at the castle of Vézelay in Burgundy, where his father was the governor. At the age of five he was given into the care of his uncle, Nicholas de Bèze, who brought the boy to Paris and eventually entrusted his education to the humanist scholar Melchior Wolmar, of Orléans. Beza lived and studied with Wolmar from 1528 to 1534. In May of 1535 Beza matriculated at the University of Orléans, where he studied law. Upon receiving his degree in 1539, he moved to Paris with the intention of practicing law. His early humanistic training, cultured tastes, scholarly and poetic abilities, social station, and relative wealth, however, led him away from the law. In 1548 he published Juvenalia, a set of Latin poems, which brought him considerable repute in literary circles.

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