Swiss Reformer and humanist. At Zurich he persuaded the cathedral chapter to elect U. Zwingli as people's priest, and later collaborated with him. In 1532 he succeeded J. Oecolampadius at Basle. His undogmatic temper, expressed in his desire to reach a compromise with the Lutherans, and his distrust of the increasing part of the secular authorities in such matters as excommunication, aroused distrust among the stricter Zwinglians. He was the author of a Life of Zwingli and of the Basle Confession of 1534.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.