que a delivré_ Sa Patrie du Joug des Etrangers, et de la Tyrannie des Ec=clésiastiques; qui a rendu la Suede Formidable à tour Ses Ennemis; et qui Selon moi a été Sans contredit le plus Grand Homme, qu'ait produit l'Univers. Lettres Chinois: Tom: IV. Pag.115.
Engraving. 218 x 161mm. 8½ x 6½". Cut.
Gustav I of Sweden (1496-1560) was the first monarch of the House of Vasa. He is often referred to as both a liberator and tyrannical ruler. After the Reformation he forced the Pope into a tight corner after exiling the Archbishop Gustav Trolle. The Pope condemned Gustav I for such dismissal and pressed for the reinstatement of Trolle. The King and the Pope continued this for some time until in 1531 the King took it upon himself to suggest candidates for the other unoccupied bishop's seats and to also appoint another archbishop, Laurentius Petri; it was with this royal act that the Pope lost any influence over the Swedish Church.
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