Ozment, Steven E. The Age of Reform: 1250-1550 : An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe. New Haven, Conn. ; London: Yale University Press, 1980. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 11, “Calvin and Calvinism” pp. 352-381. Part 1, “Young Calvin” pp. 352-358.
According to Calvin’s father’s desire, Calvin entered college in Paris in 1523, age 14. His intended career was divinity, a field in which his father, Gerard Calvin, was well connected. While in college, Calvin was introduced to scholarly humanism. Studying in Paris Calvin was also introduced to scholasticism. After receiving his Master’s degree in 1528 he attended law school at his father’s request. “His natural tendency seems always to have been rapid adjustment to the surroundings in which he found himself and mastery over them” (Ozment 1980, 354). In 1532 Calvin completed his doctorate in civil law. He also published a commentary on De dementia by Seneca. By the spring of 1534 Calvin converted to Protestantism (Ozment 1980, 355). In May of 1534 Calvin surrendered the opportunities his father had arranged in the Church. “What seems most to have discontented Calvin about the native French reform movement was its failure to implement its ideals and bring about actual reforms” (Ozment 1980, 356).