Lutheran theologian. He played a leading part in the organization of Lutheran Church life in N. Germany and Denmark. The ‘Brunswick Church Order’ of 1528 was mainly his work. In 1537 he went to Denmark; here he rearranged ecclesiastical affairs on a Protestant basis, himself consecrating seven men as superintendents or ‘bishops’. The Danish Church thus lost the Apostolic Succession.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).