Vilnuis, Lithania - Sir James Spens of Wormiston: A Scottish Calvinist Diplomat in Lutheran Sweden

  • Steve Murdoch (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


This paper considers the mechanisms used by a Scottish Calvinist Ambassador in his successful integration into the diplomatic service of Lutheran Sweden. According to most Swedish historiography, Calvinists were banned in Sweden after 1593. This paper uses the Spens case to show that this was simply not the case.
Period27 Sept 2018
Event titleSplendid Encounters VII: Premodern Diplomats Network
Event typeConference
LocationVilnius, LithuaniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Thirty Years War
  • Religious Minorities
  • history of religion
  • Reformation history
  • history of the reformation
  • History
  • Early modern history
  • James Spens
  • Scottish History
  • Stuart History
  • Swedish History
  • Swedish Church History
  • Thirty Years' War
  • Stolbova
  • Knared