Piotr Gamrat

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Gamrat and Stańczyk by Jan Matejko
Piotr Gamrat by Stanisław Samostrzelnik

Piotr Gamrat of Sulima arms (1487 – 27 August 1545) was Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland.[1]


Gamrat was born in Samoklęski near Jasło, Poland. Early in his career, Gamrat was the royal secretary to Sigismund I the Old. Gamrat was bishop of Kamieniec since 1531, of Przemyśl since 1535, of Kraków since 1538 and simultaneously Archbishop of Gniezno since 1541.[1] From 1540 until 1545 Marcin Kromer was Gamrat's secretary.

Gamrat actively fought the influence of the Protestant Reformation. He contributed to the development of sermons, reformed religious education in Poland, and reformed the local administration of the Catholic Churches.[1] In addition to his activity in the dioceses, he led a secular lifestyle[2] and participated in the political life of the state.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Nitecki, Piotr (2000) Biskupi Kościoła w Polsce w latach 965–1999: słownik biograficzny (The Bishops of the Church in Poland in the Years 965 – 1999: Biographical Dictionary (2nd edition) Instytut Wydawniczy Pax, Warsaw, Poland, pages 108–109, ISBN 83-211-1311-7, in Polish
  2. ^ Rule, William Harris (compiler) (1851) "Chapter VIII: Gamrat, Primate of Poland" Martyrologia; or, Records of Religious Persecution, a New and Comprehensive Book of Martyrs of Ancient and Modern Times compiled partly from the Acts and Monuments of J. Foxe and partly from other genuine and authentic documents: Volume III John Mason, London, pages 535–536, OCLC 15465019
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Wawrzyniec Międzyleski
Bishop of Kamieniec
Succeeded by
Sebastian Branicki
Preceded by
Jan Chojeński
Bishop of Przemyśl
Succeeded by
Stanisław Tarło
Preceded by
Jan Chojeński
Bishop of Płock
Succeeded by
Jakub Buczacki
Preceded by
Jan Chojeński
Bishop of Kraków
Succeeded by
Samuel Maciejowski
Preceded by
Jan Latalski
Archbishop of Gniezno
Primate of Poland

Succeeded by
Mikołaj Dzierzgowski