Laurentius Petri

1499-1573. Archbishop of Uppsala. Born at �rebro, he may have studied at the Carmelite monastery there. He was one of four royal scholars sent by Gustavus Vasa* to Wittenberg, and he helped in the translation of the 1526 Swedish NT. In 1531 he was, amid some protest, elected archbishop of Uppsala, a chapter still Catholic. Two Catholic bishops were, however, replaced by evangelicals in 1536. Petri contributed to the first complete Swedish Bible of 1541. He strove to protect church revenues from state expropriation. In 1558 he attacked Calvinism in his A Little Instruction...concerning the Eucharist, and sought to transform the Swedish Church after the manner of his beloved Melanchthon* at Wittenberg. Finally in Johann III he found royal company for his biblical, liturgical, and apostolic work.