Hessenthaler, Magnus, was born in Oct., 1621, at Hochdorf, near Waiblingen, Württemberg, where his father was pastor. He became, in 1656, professor of history, diplomacy, and rhetoric, in the so-called "Collegium illustre," or academy for sons of noblemen, at Tubingen, and also lecturer on moral philosophy in the University. In 1663 he was appointed by Duke Eberhard III., of Württemberg, as historiographer of Württembcrg, and removed to Stuttgart, where he died April 2, 1681 (Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 271).
A very complete set of his works is preserved in the University Library at Tübingen; but neither there nor in Stuttgart, Amsterdam or elsewhere have we been able to find the Evangelische Jubelstimme which he is said to ha… Go to person page >
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