Johannes Bureus

Johannes Bureus on a painting from 1627, signed "J. L.", Gripsholm Castle.

Johannes Thomae Bureus Agrivillensis (Johan Bure) (1568–1652) was a Swedish antiquarian, polymath and mystic. He was royal librarian, tutor, and adviser of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden.

Life and career

Bureus was born in 1568 in Åkerby near Uppsala (where the largest and last of the pagan temples once was) in Sweden, he was the son of a Lutheran parish priest.

Bureus combined his runic and esoteric interests in his own runic system, which he called the "Adalruna". He was interested in the Rosicrucian manifestos. Contemporary mystics such as Jakob Böhme have studied his works.[1]

In 1611, he published the first ABC book in the Swedish language, Svenska ABC boken medh runor using the runic alphabet and latin script. He also wrote a genealogy of Bure family, partly using runestones as sources.

In popular culture


  1. Lewis, Bailey Margaret Milton and Jakob Boehme; A Study of German Mysticism in Seventeenth-Century England (1914).

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