Recension av Latin Letters from Clergymen in the Province of Scania in the Seventeenth Century

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Johanna Svensson's Ph.D. dissertation provides editions and studies of sixty-four letters, twenty testimonials and four other documents in Latin, among them a long poetic lament on the Peace of Roskilde in 1658. All these documents are found in a seventeenth-century notebook kept in Lund University Library. The compiler was the vicar of Barkåkra, Frans Leche (1614?-1685), or perhaps his son. The documents give valuable insights into Church life in seventeenth-century Scania: practices in connection with baptisms, weddings etc.; the use of testimonials; and the education and ideals of Danish Lutheran clergymen. The editions are reliable and provided with English translations throughout. The author has a happy ability to understand the people she writes about and present them with sympathy, without becoming sentimental or subjective.


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  • History of Ideas
  • History
  • Specific Literatures


  • parish clergy, Lutheranism, Barkåkra, Peace of Roskilde, poetry, letter-Writing, Latin, Skåne/Scania, seventeenth century, Franz Leche (1614?-1685)
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)275-277
JournalKyrkohistorisk årsskrift
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Reviewed Work(s): Latin Letters from Clergymen in the Province of Scania (Eastern Denmark - Southern Sweden) in the Seventeenth Century (by Johanna Svensson)