Hermannus Samsonius to Axel Oxenstierna : Latin Correspondence from 1621 to 1630 with Linguistic and Historical Commentaries

James Dobreff

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The core of the present work is a first edition of the first part of the Latin correspondence of Hermann Samson, Sweden's Superintendent of Churches in Livonia (1622-1643), with Axel Oxenstierna, the Chancellor of Sweden (1612-1654). The epistles date from 1621 to 1630, covering a period of tremendous change for Samson, Livonia, Sweden and Poland. Each epistle has been equipped with historical and linguistic commentary as well as an English summary of the Latin text.

This book is the first detailed scholarly treatment of Samson in English and serves as an introduction to one of Livonia's most important intellectual figures. It also provides the most extensive bibliography of Samson's published works to date.

Individual chapters treat (1) Samson's life from his birth in 1579 to early in 1630, the end point for this edition; (2) the reorganization of the Cathedral School in Riga in 1594, where Samson was a student, school inspector and teacher; and (3) polemic exchanges between Samson and the Jesuits from his return to Riga in 1608 until the city's capitulation to Gustavus Adolphus in 1621; (4) the history of the military engagements, ceasefires, and armistices in Livonia between Sweden and Poland.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Latin
  • Jönsson, Arne, Supervisor
Award date2006 Nov 24
Print ISBNs91-628-6952-3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

Defence details

Date: 2006-11-24
Time: 10:15
Place: Centre for languages and literature (SOL centrum), Lund University. Auditorium (Hörsalen)

External reviewer(s)

Name: Axer, Jerzy
Title: Prof.
Affiliation: University of Warsaw


Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Languages and Literature


  • theology
  • Lutheranism
  • 17th century history
  • Hermann Samson
  • Axel Oxenstierna
  • Swedish Livonia
  • Polish Livonia
  • polemics
  • Jesuits
  • Erasmus
  • Counter-Reformation
  • Livonia
  • Latin
  • Neo-Latin
  • Christianity
  • Kristendom
  • Latin language
  • Latinska språket


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