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Public Poses Revealed: From Critical Edition To Revision. The Case Of Hermannus Samsonius

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The first critical edition of the first nine years of the Latin correspondence of Hermannus Samsonius to Axel Oxenstierna (15831654) was recently published by the author of this chapter. The entire correspondence extends to 1643, presently including eighty-seven letters, among them several to King Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden and a few other nobles. Hermannus Samsonius was born in Riga in 1579 to Riga native Anna Bockerin and Naeman Samson. Swedish scholarship does not treat Samsonius as its subject in particular. He is treated because he was part of the new Swedish administration in what eventually became Swedish Livonia. Publicly, Samsonius provided a congratulatory poem as part of the public celebrations at the inauguration of Johan Skyttes new university in Dorpat. Privately, he had been maligning the new institution in letters to a prominent colleague in Wittenberg.

Keywords: Axel Oxenstierna; Hermannus Samsonius; Johan Skytte; Swedish scholarship; Wittenberg



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