Mar 1, 1970
The correspondence also reveals Beza's multiple concerns. The plague was ravaging Lyon and, while less severe in Geneva, was still a serious epidemic. Toward the end of 1564, it had reached Zurich and Bullinger himself narrowly escaped death. Nearly every letter contains news of the Huguenots in whose behalf Beza had been active since 1557 and with whom he worked as chaplain to the armies in 1562. While the Edict of Amboise in 1563 guaranteed a modicum of religious freedom to the Reformed churches of France, Beza was concerned that Charles IX abide by it. The King's desire for a military alliance with the Swiss cantons was, Beza hoped, a means of insuring that Charles would respect the Edict. But, following Zwingli's precedent, neither Bullinger nor Haller would allow the men of Zurich or Berne to serve as mercenaries in the French army in spite of Beza's argument. Berne was also less than cooperative when it signed the Treaty of Lausanne which ceded to the hostile Duke of Savoy territory near Geneva.