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Gustavus I

(Gustavus Vasa; Gustavus Erikson; 1496–1560). King of Swed. 1523–60; perhaps gained first favorable impressions of Lutheranism as exile in Lübeck 1519; freed Swed. from Den. by defeating Christian* II; favored Lutheranism; secularized RC wealth; corresponded with M. Luther*; made O. Petri* preacher at Stockholm and L. Petri* teacher at Uppsala; had Bible tr. into Swed. The Diet of Västeraas 1527 est. preaching and teaching of the Word of God; the Syn. of Örebro 1529 adopted Reformation principles. Gustavus I sent the 1st Luth. missionaries to the Lapps 1559. See also Charles IX; Lapland.

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