1493–1552

Introduction

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Born: Jan­u­a­ry 6, 1493, Öre­bro, Swe­den.

Died: Ap­ril 19, 1552, Stock­holm, Swe­den.

Buried: Great Church, Stock­holm, Swe­den.

Biography

A leader of Swed­ish Lu­ther­an­ism, Olav­us and his brother Laur­en­ti­us studied at Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny, and were in­flu­enc­ed by Mar­tin Lu­ther.

After Swe­den re­ceived in­de­pen­dence from Den­mark, King Gus­tav­us Va­sa made Olav­us a pas­tor and ci­ty coun­cil­man in Stock­holm. How­ev­er, the king wanted to con­trol the church, and was oft­en in con­flict with Petri.

Tthe king ev­en went so far as to con­demn Pe­tri to death, but lat­er par­doned him.

Works

Petri wrote Swed­ish trans­la­tions of the New Test­a­ment and the La­tin mass, and a ca­te­chism.

Sources

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