The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Tausen, Hans

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TAUSEN, Hans, Danish reformer: b. Birkende, on Fünen Island, 1494; d. Ribe, 11 Nov. 1561. He studied at Wittenberg and was preacher, from 1525, at Viborg, then, from 1529, at Copenhagen. He edited, with collaborators (1530), “The 43d Copenhagen Article.” In 1535 he published a prayer-book and a book of homilies. He was appointed reading-master of the university (1537) and (1542) bishop of Ribe. Instead of Latin he used his native language in his sermons and books. A selection of his works was brought out by Rördam (Copenhagen 1870). Consult Rön, ‘Skiagraphia Lutheri Danici M. Johannis’ (1757); Schmitt, L., ‘Johannis Tausen, oder der dänische Luther’ (Köln 1894).