John Calvin is often misrepresented as an cold, austere theocrat. If we want to know Calvin the man then we should read his letters and we will find the popular view, as is often the case, is very wrong. He had a pastoral heart and laboured selflessly for the cause of Christ, even in the face of debilitating illness.
Now all four volumes of Calvin's voluminous correspondence are available for download, and by reading these letters we can not only learn much about Reformation times but we will also learn much about Calvin the man.
Calvin corresponded in Latin and his native French but the letters contained in these volumes have all been translated into English. They were compiled from the original manuscripts and edited with historical notes by Dr Jules Bonnet.