John Calvin on Selecting a Wife

When John Calvin was looking for a wife, he told his friends and associates his criteria: “This only is the beauty that allures me: if she is chaste, if not too fussy or fastidious, if economical, if patient, if there is hope that she will be interested about my health.” His wife Idelette died after only nine years of marriage, when he was 40 years old, and he called her “my life’s best companion.” He never remarried.