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Ulrich Zwingli

1484-1531. Swiss Reformer. Son of a village magistrate in the Upper Toggenburg, he came from a family typical of that class of prosperous farmers who controlled the local government of the German Swiss cantons and looked to the church as the best means of improving their children's status. After attending the Latin school of Heinrich Wölflin (Lupulus) at Bern, Zwingli entered the University of Vienna where he made friends with Joachim von Watt (Vadianus), became aware of humanism, and was introduced to the via antiqua by Vellini (Camerinus). He completed his studies at Basle, where he absorbed the biblical interests of his teachers [[Thomas Wyttenbach]]* and Johann Ulrich Surgant, and formed a circle of friends, including Leo Jüd* and Glarean, which later brought him into direct contact with Erasmus.*