Johann Matthäus Wacker von Wackenfels

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Johann Matthäus Wacker von Wackenfels , occasionally Johannes von Wackerfels , (* 1550 in Konstanz , † September 7, 1619 in Vienna ) was a court advisor, lawyer, diplomat, intellectual and occasional poet.


Wacker von Wackenfels studied at the universities of Strasbourg , Geneva and Padua . He was supported and promoted by Johann Crato von Krafftheim , who also paved the way for him to join the circle of late humanists in Breslau . On Cratos and Hubert Languet's recommendation, he became court master in noble houses. In 1574 he traveled from Vienna to Italy, where he met Jakob Monau and Fabian I von Dohna . In 1575 he obtained his doctorate in Padua. jur.

As court master, Wacker von Wackenfels accompanied Niklas von Rhediger's son on his Grand Tour (peregrinatio academica). In 1576 he returned to Breslau and became the confidante of Bishop Andreas von Jerin . In 1591 he was Chancellor of the Silesian Higher Regional Authority. Around 1583 he married Sophie Poley (1563-92) in Dresden, a sister of the Breslau merchant and gentleman on Thiergarten Christoph von Poley. In 1592 he converted to Catholicism. In 1594 he was raised to the nobility and in 1597 appointed to the Reichshofrat , of which he was a member until 1612, from 1608 as a trainee lawyer. On the New Year of 1611 his friend Johannes Kepler dedicated the text Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula ( From the hexagonal snow ; see: Kepler's assumption ) to him.

In his second marriage in 1595 he married Katharina von Troilo, a sister-in-law of his first wife and the second eldest daughter of Johann Franz Troilo, and thus joined one of the most influential families in Wroclaw. His brother-in-law was the canon Nikolaus von Troilo from Breslau .

Works (selection)

  • Vota aulica super illustrissima ducum Saxoniae controversia de iure praecedentiae in dignitate et successione . Frankfurt / M. 1619 (together with Johann Ruprecht Hegenmüller )


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Jörg Deventer, Susanne Rau , Anne Conrad (eds.): Turning of times - rule, self-assertion and integration between Reformation and liberalism , Festgabe for Arno Herzig , Lit-Verlag, Münster, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, London, Zurich, 2006, ISBN 3-8258-6140-6 , therein pp. 279-310: Norbert Conrads : The rise of the Troilo family. On the cultural profile of the Catholic nobility in Silesia between late humanism and the Counter-Reformation ( limited preview in the Google book search)