(Johannes a Lasco; John Laski, or Lasco; 14991560). B. probably Lask, near Lodz, Poland; nobleman; assoc. with D. Erasmus* and other reformers in the 1520s; became strict Calvinist theol.; supt. of ch. of for. Prots., London, Eng., 1550; influential at court of Edward VI (see England, B 4); returned to Poland 1556 to spread Reformation; tried to reconcile Ref. and Luths. Worked on Bible translations. See also Poland; Trepka, Eustachy; Utenhove, Jan.
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