Franck, Sebastian (sābäsˈtyän frängk) [key], 1499–1542, German religious writer. He was a Roman Catholic priest who came under the influence of the Reformation, but he shortly broke with the Lutherans and for his liberal views expressed in his Chronica (1531) was banished from Strasbourg. He founded printing presses at Ulm and Basel and wrote vigorously, mostly in defense of extremely liberal religious views.
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