The Life and Death of Michael Servetus 1511-1553
Roland H. Bainton
Michael Servetus, a Spaniard executed for heresy in John Calvinís Geneva, is remembered as an important Reformation-era theologian
and as a physician credited with the discovery of the circulation of the blood through the lungs.
His first book, On the Errors of the Trinity, so shocked both Catholics and Protestants that he was compelled to live under an assumed name.
All but a few copies of his magnum opus, The Restoration of Christianity, were destroyed shortly after publication.
However, the case of Servetus, which has been taken up by Voltaire, Gibbon, and many others, marks the beginning of the idea of religious toleration.
Roland H. Baintonís classic biography of Servetus, first published in 1953, has been reissued in a joint publication by
Blackstone Editions and the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society.
Though the basic scholarship remains sound, and the book fills a need for a concise, readable, yet scholarly English-language
biography of Servetus, we found the apparatus in need of updating.
Therefore we decided to make this volume, not a simple reprint, but an enriched edition of Hunted Heretic.
Like a DVD reissue of a beloved classic movie, it comes packaged with many "special features": updated notes and bibliography, a new introduction, a rare, early, and previously hard to find primary document, and a biography of Roland Bainton.
Pages: xxxiii + 235