ANDREÄ, LORENZ (LARS ANDERSON): The
great ecclesiastico-political Swedish reformer; b.
probably at Strengnäs (40 m. e. of Stockholm)
about 1480; d. there Apr. 29, 1552. He was
archdeacon of Strengnäs when through Olaus Petri
he was converted to the Lutheran views.
In 1523 the newly chosen king Gustavus Vasa
chose him to be his chancellor. As such he aided
Olaus and Laurentius Petri in their reformatory
activity and contributed largely to bring about
the religious liberty granted at the Diet of Vesterås
in 1527, and the full introduction of the Reformation at the Council of Oerebo in 1529. In 1540
he and Olaus Petri opposed the effort of Vasa to
transform the Swedish Church in the direction of
presbyterianism and thus roused the king’s anger.
On trumped up charges of high treason Andreä
was sentenced to death. The king pardoned him
but deprived him of his offices and he lived the rest
of his life in retirement. He wrote Tro och Gerningar (“Faith and Good-Works”), reprinted Stockholm, 1857. See