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WOLFGANG FABRICIUS CAPITO (or KöPFEL) (c. 1478 – November 1541) was a German religious reformer.

CONTENTS

* 1 His life and work * 2 Works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HIS LIFE AND WORK

Capito was born circa 1478 to a smith at Hagenau
Hagenau
in Alsace
Alsace
. He attended the famous Latin school in Pforzheim . :111

He was educated for the medical profession but also studied law . He received a doctorate in theology at Freiburg . :111 Having joined the Benedictines , taught for some time at Freiburg. He acted for three years as pastor in Bruchsal
Bruchsal
. In 1516 he became cathedral preacher of Basel Minster . :111 Here he made the acquaintance of Zwingli and began to correspond with Luther . He convinced Johann Froben to publish a collection of Luther's works in 1518. :111–112

In 1519 he removed to Mainz
Mainz
at the request of Albrecht, archbishop of that city , who soon made him his chancellor. In 1523 he settled at Strasbourg
Strasbourg
, where he remained until his death in November 1541. He had found it increasingly difficult to reconcile the new religion with the old, and from 1524 was one of the leaders of the reformed faith in Strasbourg. He took a prominent part in the earlier ecclesiastical transactions of the 16th century, was present at the second conference of Zürich and at the conference of Marburg
Marburg
, and along with Martin Bucer drew up the Confessio Tetrapolitana.

Capito was always more concerned for the "unity of the spirit" than for dogmatic formularies, and from his endeavours to conciliate the Lutheran