Hans Tausen


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Reformer, the ‘Danish Luther’. He was a Hospitaller, but came under the influence of M. Luther when studying at Wittenberg. On his return to Denmark he was imprisoned for teaching novel doctrines. On his release, he discarded his religious habit and, becoming chaplain to King Frederick I (1526), he married and used Danish in Church services. In 1529 he secured the support of the Danish National Assembly. He and his supporters drew up a Confession of 43 Articles, but this was later replaced by the more moderate Augsburg Confession. In 1535 Tausen published a Danish translation of the Pentateuch. In 1542 he was made Bp. of Ribe.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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