Collection of Narrative from the Swedish Intelligencer, 1632

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This small manuscript notebook contains material relating to the wars of the Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphus, in Germany 1630-1632, and to  The Swedish discipline. It is narrative from the  Swedish Intelligencer. Note that this volume is not a copy of the  Swedish Intelligencer as described above, but narrative from the title.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the seventeenth century, nearly all newspapers referred to their goal of offering 'intelligence, both foreign and domestic'. An 'intelligencer' was a news gatherer and newsmonger . One of the earliest general-circulation newspapers in England was the  Mercurius Britannicus, published in 1641, and its Monday edition carried the alternative title  The English Intelligencer. Another early paper was the  Kingdoms Intelligencer published for two years beginning in 1661 by the English Parliament in opposition to the king. There were other publications called the  German Intelligencer, the  Swedish Intelligencer printed in 1632, and the  Orange Intelligencer. The  Swedish Intelligencer was perhaps the first real illustrated newspaper. In one issue it gave full accounts of the exploits of the Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphus (Gustaf II Adolf), and was illustrated with his portrait, a bird's eye view of the siege of Magdeburg, a plan showing how he and his army crossed the river Lech into Bavaria, and a plan or bird's eye view of the battle of Lutzen, where he was killed. The portrait, the siege of Magdeburg, and the battle of Lutzen were copper engravings, but the passage of the Lech was a woodcut. The content was derived from pamphlets, letters and reports from English officers and it also contained poems about the King. The earliest use of the English word 'plunder' from the German 'plundern' was in the  Swedish Intelligencer. The newspaper appeared in four parts between 1632 and 1633 and after that it underwent title changes between 1633 and 1635.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Note

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using various dictionaries and encyclopaedias including the  Oxford English Dictionary and the  Svensk uppslagsbok.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Accruals

Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Corporate Names