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Johannes Dantiscus, (German: Johann(es) von Höfen-Flachsbinder, Polish: Jan Dantyszek; 1 October 1485 – 27 October 1548) was prince-bishop of Warmia and Bishop of Chełmno (Culm). In recognition of his diplomatic services for Polish kings, the bishop and poet is also known as the Father of Polish Diplomacy. Johannes Dantiscus' personal seal, a depiction located at Stanford University Libraries, identifies him as Ioannes De Curiis, Pruss. Varmien with St. Katherine, St. Jacob and St. Peter crests. Dantiscus was born in Danzig (Gdańsk, Poland). His family's name was von Höfen,[1] while Flachsbinder was an occupational name derived from his grandfather's ropemaking trade (literally flax binder). Johannes took on the nickname Dantiscus in order to show that he was a burgher of Danzig (Latin: Dantiscum) where his father was a brewer and merchant. He finished his elementary studies at a parish school in Grudziądz (Graudenz), and studied first in Greifswald, then in Kraków
Kraków
where he was awarded a bachelor's degree. During his studies, the teenage Dantiscus became associated with the royal court of king John I Albert
John I Albert
of Poland, and took part in military expeditions against the Turks and the Moldavians. For over 30 years he was a royal diplomat and the royal secretary. Dantiscus, at King Sigismund I's side, took part in the Holy Roman Empire's convention of Vienna
Vienna
in 1515. In Vienna
Vienna
he was knighted by the emperor for his services and was made a nobleman. Johannes became a church canon, then Bishop of Chełmno and later of Bishop of Warmia. He also wrote many poems, mainly in Latin, for which he is regarded as one of the most outstanding poets. Among his many works is his autobiography Vita Joannis de Curiis Dantisci ("The Life of Johannes of the Danzig Church"). In addition, he maintained an active correspondence with prominent persons and institutions throughout Europe
Europe
as well as with relatives. Thousands of his letters dating from 1500–1548 are still in existence.[2] Dantiscus wrote mainly in Latin
Latin
and German, and sporadically received letters in Polish, or in other languages. He died, aged 63, in Lidzbark (Heilsberg). References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Archive of Dantiscus' works and correspondence, in English and Polish Works in Latin List of correspondents (in Polish only)

Catholic Church
Catholic Church
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Regnal titles

Preceded by Mauritius Ferber Prince- Bishop of Warmia
Bishop of Warmia
(Ermland) 1537–1548 Succeeded by Tiedemann Giese

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 5031671 LCCN: n83147044 ISNI: 0000 0001 2118 7212 GND: 119442086 SELIBR: 281441 SUDOC: 033952248 BNF: cb124756729 (data) BNE: XX1130788 SN

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