Jöns Gerekesson

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Jöns Gerekesson
Bishop of Skálholt
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Skálholt
In office 1408-1421 (Uppsala)
1426-1433 (Skálholt)
Predecessor Henrik Karlsson (Uppsala)
Árni Ólafsson (Skálholt)
Successor Johan Håkansson (Uppsala)
Jón Vilhjálmsson Craxton (Skálholt)
Personal details
Born Denmark
Died 18 August 1433
Nationality Dane
Parents Gereke Jensen Lodehat

Jöns Gerekesson (as Archbishop Latinized to Johannes Gerechini, also Jón Gerreksson) (died 1433) was a controversial Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden 1408–1421, and of Iceland 1426–1433 until he was drowned. It is not known when Jöns Gerekesson was born, but it is believed to have been around 1380.

Gerekesson's uncle, Peder Lodehat, was Bishop of Roskilde, Denmark and Chancellor to the Scandinavian queen, Margareta. Jöns studied at the University of Cologne and then worked as a canon in Aarhus before he became chancellor to the Scandinavian King Eric of Pomerania. On the death of the archbishop Birger Gregersson (11 March 1383), the King appointed Jöns to take his place, despite protests from the cathedral chapter. Jöns was of Danish descent and had no connection to Uppsala. Jöns cared mainly for his own pleasure, and left his duties to the chapter. He held parties with female company, and lived a life of luxury and abundance. When his money ran out, he took bribes and borrowed money, eventually putting him in debt, which in return forced him to embezzle Church property.[citation needed]

He took a young woman from Stockholm as a mistress; she bore him two children. Finally, the chapter complained to Pope Martin V and, after an investigation, in 1421 the Pope dismissed him from office. In 1426 he entered the duties of bishop of Skálholt, Iceland, and was formally ordained in 1430. However, three years after being ordained, the Icelandic people had enough of him, and put him in a sack and drowned him.[citation needed]

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Preceded by
Árni Ólafsson
Bishop of Skálholt
Succeeded by
Jón Vilhjálmsson Craxton