Antoine Froment

Antoine Froment (* 1509 in Mens, Dauphiné, † November 6, 1581 in Geneva ) was a Reformed minister and preacher and chronicler. He is regarded by John Calvin and Guillaume Farel as the most important reformer in Switzerland.


As a student Guillaume Farel accompanied Antoine Froment this in 1530 when he preached in Neuchâtel and in the Bernese Jura. After a short time as pastor in Yvonand, he took over in 1532 Farel place in Geneva, after he had been expelled from there. There he held after the city council had forbidden to preach in houses, on January 1, 1533 in front of a huge crowd, a sermon on the Molard Square. In the meantime, he was expelled from Geneva, but returned again end of the year back in a defense against the Dominican Guy Furbity to compete. In the remaining 30 years he worked as a reformer and pastor in various places, mostly belonging to the sphere of influence of Bern. His criticism of the attitude Berns against the Augsburg Interim and an accusation of commercial transactions in the ministry in 1549 eventually led to his dismissal. After Antoine Froment moved back to Geneva and there helped in the drafting of Franz Bonivard City Chronicles. He became a notary in 1552 and received in the following year the Civil Rights. In the next few years, he wrote his memoirs ( " Actes et de la cité gestes merveilleux de Genève " ), whose publication was, however, forbidden to him. In 1559 he was elected to the Council of 200 and 1562 but then condemned for adultery to a 10-year exile. After his exile, he returned to Geneva in 1574 and was again a position as a notary.

Froment married in 1533 Marie Dentière, who was also a reformer and after her death in 1561 Marie Blanc.