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1490, Oct1557, Aug 1
a Swedish writer and Catholic ecclesiastic, presiding as Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of Sweden. He is best remembered as the author of the famous Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), printed in Rome 1555, a patriotic work of folklore and history which long remained for the rest of Europe the authority on Swedish matters. This text on dark winters, violent currents and beasts of the sea amazed the rest of Europe. An earlier work, Carta Marina, included a map of Northern Europe with a map of Scandinavia, which was rediscovered by Oscar Brenner in 1886 in the M√ľnchen state library and shown to be the most accurate depiction of its time.
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