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JAN ŁASKI or JOHANNES ALASCO (1499 – 8 January 1560) was a Polish Reformed
Reformed
reformer. Owing to his influential work in England
England
(c. 1543–1555) during the English Reformation
English Reformation
, he is known to the English-speaking world by the Anglicised forms JOHN LASKI and JOHN A LASCO .

CONTENTS

* 1 Life * 2 Works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Sources * 6 External links

LIFE

Korab coat-of-arms

Jan Łaski
Jan Łaski
was born in Łask , the son of Jaroslaw Łaski , the voivode of Sieradz Voivodship , and Susanna Bąk, the daughter of Zbigniew Bąk of Bąkowa Góra . His uncle, also Jan Łaski
Jan Łaski
, was by turns royal secretary, Archbishop of Gniezno , Primate of Poland
Poland
and Grand Chancellor of the Crown ; he was also the uncle of King Sigismund I the Old
Sigismund I the Old
. Both Jan Łaskis' coat-of-arms was Korab .

After his family's fall from political power and prestige, Łaski, a learned priest, went in 1523 to Basel
Basel
, where he became a close friend of Erasmus
Erasmus
and Zwingli
Zwingli
. In 1542, he became pastor of a Protestant church at Emden
Emden
, East Frisia
East Frisia
. Shortly after, he went to England
England
, where in 1550 he was superintendent of the Strangers\' Church of London and had some influence on ecclesiastical affairs in the reign of Edward VI .

In 1551, he excommunicated, and had burned at the stake for Arianism , a member of his London congregation, George van Parris . Edward VI Granting Permission to John a Lasco to Set Up a Congregation for European Protestants in London in 1550, painting by Johann Valentin Haidt

On the accession of Roman Catholic Queen Mary in July 1553, he fled to Copenhagen
Copenhagen
with a shipload of refugees from the Strangers\' Church . However they were denied refuge there because they would not accept the Augsburg Confession
Augsburg Confession
of Faith. They were resettled in Brandenburg
Brandenburg
. Łaski also helped Catherine Willoughby
Catherine Willoughby
and her husband after they too had left England. His support enabled them to obtain an appointment from Sigismund II as administrators of Lithuania
Lithuania
. Łaski was a correspondent of John Hooper , whom Łaski supported in the vestments controversy .

In 1556, he was recalled to