Tausan (or Tagesen), Johan
Tausan (or Tagesen), Johan a Danish Reformer, was born at Birkinde, island of Funen, 1494; and was educated at Aarhuus and Odense. Becoming a monk, he entered the convent of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem at Antworskow, where he became acquainted with the writings of Luther. He visited Wittenberg, and formed the acquaintance of Melancthon. Returning to his native country, he delivered lectures on theology in the University of Copenhagen, and in 1524 avowed himself a disciple of Luther. After being expelled from one convent and imprisoned in another, he was, in 1526, appointed chaplain to Frederick I, king of Denmark; and in 1529 was appointed to the Church of St. Nicholas at Copenhagen, where he remained till 1537. He was then appointed professor at Roeskilde, and in 1542 was made bishop of Ripen, and died in 1561. He published several theological treatises, some Danish hymns, and a Danish translation of the Psalms. See Hook, Eccles. Biog. s.v.; Jocher, Gelehrten-Lex. 4:1030.