Angelus Silesius

1624 - 1677

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Angelus Silesius (c. 1624 – 9 July 1677), born Johann Scheffler and also known as Johann Angelus Silesius, was a German Catholic priest and physician, known as a mystic and religious poet. Born and raised a Lutheran, he adopted the name Angelus (Latin for "angel" or "heavenly messenger") and the epithet Silesius ("Silesian") on converting to Catholicism in 1653. While studying in the Netherlands, he began to read the works of medieval mystics and became acquainted with the works of the German mystic Jacob Böhme through Böhme's friend, Abraham von Franckenberg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Angelus Silesius has received more than 178,158 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Angelus Silesius is the 560th most popular religious figure (up from 577th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Poland (up from 132nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Polish Religious Figure.

Angelus Silesius is most famous for his poem "The Cherubinic Wanderer."

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Among religious figures, Angelus Silesius ranks 560 out of 2,272Before him are Gamaliel, Ibn Hazm, Joseph of Cupertino, Pope Benedict V, Simeon, and Antipope Alexander V. After him are Pope Stephen V, Pope Theodore II, Clotilde, Muhammad al-Jawad, Jacobus da Varagine, and Al-Suyuti.

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Among people born in 1624, Angelus Silesius ranks 2Before him is Koxinga. After him are Guarino Guarini, Empress Meishō, George Fox, Maria Miloslavskaya, Thomas Sydenham, George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, François de la Chaise, Arnold Geulincx, and Barent Fabritius. Among people deceased in 1677, Angelus Silesius ranks 4Before him are Baruch Spinoza, Jan van Riebeeck, and Isaac Barrow. After him are Barbara Strozzi, Wenceslaus Hollar, Robert Cambert, Aert van der Neer, Antonio Maria Abbatini, Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, James Harrington, and William Louis, Duke of Württemberg.

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Among people born in Poland, Angelus Silesius ranks 113 out of 1,231Before him are Anna Jagiellon (1523), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Fred Zinnemann (1907), Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860), and Edward Sapir (1884). After him are Karl Hanke (1903), Alfred Döblin (1878), Leopold Kronecker (1823), Osip Mandelstam (1891), Stefan Banach (1892), and Antoni Grabowski (1857).


Among religious figures born in Poland, Angelus Silesius ranks 6Before him are Pope John Paul II (1920), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), Faustina Kowalska (1905), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), and Saint Casimir (1458). After him are Itzhak Stern (1901), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Hyacinth of Poland (1185), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), and Stanisław Dziwisz (1939).