1783–1872

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 8, 1783, Ud­by, Zea­land, Den­mark.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 2, 1872, Co­pen­ha­gen, Den­mark.

Buried: Sep­tem­ber 11, 1872. After a fun­er­al at Vor Frel­sers Church in Co­pen­ha­gen, the cof­fin was tak­en by train to the town of Køge. The bur­i­al site was about three ki­lo­me­ters out­side town, at the farm of Gl. Kø­ge­gaard, in a gar­den named Cla­ras Have.

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Biography

Grundtvig earned his the­o­lo­gy de­gree from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Co­pen­ha­gen, but was not des­tined for the life of a pas­tor.

He was or­dained in 1811, but the out­cry from two ear­ly, con­tro­ver­si­al ser­mons made him aban­don the pul­pit in fa­vor of a chap­lain­cy at a wo­men’s home. How­ev­er, he wrote pro­fuse­ly, pro­duc­ing works on Norse my­thol­o­gy and ov­er 1,000 hymns.

Grundtvig be­came a bi­shop in 1861, but ne­ver re­ceived a di­o­cese.

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