The Christian jurisprudence of Niels Hemmingsen (1513-1600)

Mattias Skat Sommer, Morten Kjær

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Niels Hemmingsen is the single-most important figure among the second generation of Danish reformers. A student at the Wittenberg Leucorea in the 1530s, he did not participate in the king’s introduction of a Wittenberg-style reformation in Denmark in 1536, sanctioned by the Wittenberg circle and overseen by Johannes Bugenhagen. However, he returned to his native Denmark in the early 1540s to take up a professorship of arts in Copenhagen. Until his eventual suspension from office in 1579, Hemmingsen not only expounded the Bible for future Lutheran pastors in the university but also was a close adviser to the kings of Denmark-Norway in matters legal and moral, and his works remain a significant contribution to the legal history of Lutheran Protestantism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and The Christian Tradition in Scandinavia : The Writings of Great Nordic Jurists
EditorsKjell Å Modéer, Helle Vogt
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2021
ISBN (Electronic)9781003015253
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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