Calvin would spend the second half of his life in the little city of Geneva and would make it famous as the center of Protestantism and a place of refuge for the exiles of his native France and other persecuting countries.
Calvin had been destined to become a minister at the altar of Rome but following his conversion he resolved to devote himself to the profession of law. This mode of retreat from the clerical ranks would awaken no suspicion.
Calvin was born July 10, 1509, the grandson of a cooper and the son of the secretary to the bishop. From a young age Calvin was thoughtful and scholarly. His father hoped that his son would be great in the church.