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Jan Łaski

1499 - 1560

Polish Reformer Jan Łaski (pronounced WAH-ski) helped establish the first nonconformist chapel in England, the Strangers’ Church for Protestant refugees. On the Continent he had been closely associated with Erasmus and Zwingli, and brought with him to England a low-church Reformed theology that contributed to later nonconformist thought, particularly on church government. He supported BIshop John Hooper in his ‘vestments controversy’. In 1553 when Mary Tudor was crowned queen, he fled England for the Continent again, and in 1556 returned to Poland to lead the Calvinist Reformation there as secretary to the King Sigismund II.

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