(1499—1560) evangelical reformer

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Protestant Reformer. A Polish nobleman, from 1526 he showed an interest in reforming the Church, while disapproving of M. Luther as too extreme. He became Archdeacon of Warsaw in 1538, but was stripped of his ecclesiastical offices on his marriage in 1540; in 1542 he openly broke with the RC Church and was appointed Calvinist minister at Emden. He spent some time in England and is generally thought to have influenced the BCP of 1552.

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