Haquin Spegel

Haquin Spegel (Haqvin) (14 June 1645 – 17 April 1714), born Håkan Spegel in Ronneby in Blekinge (today in Sweden), was a religious author and hymn writer who held several bishop's seats.

The Most Reverend

Haquin Spegel
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Haquin Spegel, engraving from 1715
ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1711–1714
PredecessorErik Benzelius the elder
SuccessorMathias Steuchius
by Olov Svebilius
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1645-06-14)14 June 1645
Ronneby, Sweden
Died17 April 1714(1714-04-17) (aged 68)
Uppsala, Sweden
ParentsDaniel Spegel
Margareta Fischer
SpouseAnna Schultin
Previous post(s)Bishop of Skara (1685–1693)
Bishop of Linköping (1693–1711)
Alma materLund University


In 1675, the King Charles XI of Sweden appointed him as court chaplain. During the wars in the following years, he followed the King, and became a close confidant of his. He kept a diary during the whole time, which has proven to be valuable as research material.

In 1680 he wed Queen Ulrika Eleonora and the King. He spent the following five years mainly on the island of Gotland as a superintendent over the Diocese of Visby. He managed to write the Rudera Gothlandica during this time (published first 1901).

In 1685 he was appointed Bishop of Linköping in eastern Sweden. In 1693 he was transferred to the seat in Diocese of Skara, central Sweden, where he remained until 1711. On the death of the Archbishop of Uppsala, Spegel was elected his successor, although he only held this position for three years.

During that time he wrote an influential epos called God's work and rest about God's creation as written about in the Bible.

Other notability

It is said that he worked for education of the people, and wanted every peasant in Sweden to be able to read.

He was also known as a hymnist and poet.