Waldensian Evangelical Church


Peter Waldo

Founding date:

about 1177; in 1532 acceded to Franco-Swiss Protestant Reform


Torre Pellice, Piemonte, Italy


Primarily Italy, France, Germany and South America.



*Protestant Reformation

  • The Reformation
  • History and origins
  • History of Protestantism
  • The 95 Theses
  • Peasants’ War
  • Schmalkaldic League
  • Magisterial Reformation
  • Radical Reformation
  • Movements
  • Protestantism
  • French Reformation
  • Huguenots
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  • Lutheranism
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  • Mennonite
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  • English Reformation
  • Church of England
  • Anglicanism
  • Puritans
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  • Presbyterianism
  • Reformation in Italy
  • Waldensians
  • Protestant Reformers
  • Menno Simons (N, 1496–1561)
  • Philipp Melanchthon (G 1497-1560)
  • Thomas Müntzer (G, 1489–1525)
  • Martin Bucer (G, 1491–1551)
  • Jan Łaski (P, 1499-1560)
  • Heinrich Bullinger (S, 1504–1575)
  • John Knox (Sc, 1514?–1572)

  • Precursors
  • Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377)
  • John Wycliffe (E, 1320–1384)
  • Western Schism (1378–1417)
  • Jan Hus (B, ~1369–1415)
  • Hussite Wars (1420 to ~1434)
  • Northern Renaissance
  • German mysticism

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Waldensians, Waldenses or Vaudois are names for a Christian spiritual movement of the later Middle Ages, descendants of which still exist in various regions. Over time, the denomination joined the Genevan or Reformed branch of Protestantism. About the earlier history of the Waldenses considerable uncertainty exists because of a lack of extant source material.[1] They were persecuted as heretical before the 16th century, endured near annihilation in the 17th century,[2] and were then confronted with organized and generalized discrimination in centuries that followed.[3][4][5] There are active congregations in Europe, South America, and North America. The contemporary and historic Waldensian spiritual heritage includes proclaiming the Gospel, serving the marginalized, promoting social justice, fostering inter-religious work, and advocating respect for religious diversity and freedom of conscience.[6]

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