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Vendela Skytte af Duderhof

Also Known As: "Wendela"
Birthdate: (20)
Birthplace: Dorpat, Estonia
Death: August 18, 1629 (20)
Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (Pest)
Place of Burial: Uppsala
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johan Schroderus Skytte af Duderhof and Maria Jakobsdotter Näf
Wife of Hans Claesson Kyle
Mother of Maria Kyle
Sister of Anna Johansdotter Skytte af Duderhof; Johan Johansson Skytte af Duderhof; Bengt Johansson Skytte af Duderhof; Maria Johansdotter Skytte af Duderhof; Jakob Johansson Skytte af Duderhof and 3 others

Occupation: Skön, lärd friherrinna
Managed by: Christer Lyrholm
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About Vendela Skytte af Duderhof

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Vendela Skytte (or Wendela Skytte) (8 December 1608 – 18 August 1629) was a Swedish noblewoman, salonist and writer, poet and Lady of Letters. She has been used as an example in history to describe an ideal of a well educated woman.

Born to statesman and noble Johan Skytte and Maria Näf and married to Hans Kyle in May 1626. Her father gave his daughters the same education as his sons, and Vendela was a good student. She was accommplished in Greek, Latin, French and German and was a writer and a poet. She also corresponded in Latin. Her sister, Anna Skytte, was also admired for her learning.

Vendela Skytte was famed in her lifetime and after as a "learned lady" for her academic accomplices and her great learning, especially within languages, and was in history made into an example to describe well educated women. She has been called the most learned woman in her country before Christina of Sweden. She held a salon, where she took part in the debate of the day and was admired for her intelligence and knowledge and wit. She surrounded herself with scientists and artists and corresponded with the learned Cahtarina Bureaus. She was called: »Sexus et sæculi miraculum» ("The wonder of her time and her sex") by Georg Stiernhielm. According to the legend, Vendela conducted a religious debate with learned Catholic men in Braunsberg, a debate she won with her verbal ability; "by which she with superior skill in Latin questioned the most sacred ideals of the Catholic religion".

She died of the plague in Stralsund with her newborn child and left two daughters. She was brought to Sweden and buried in Uppsala. Her daughter Hillevi Kyle was also known as one of the most learned women in her country.

In the national Swedish portrait gallery of Gripsholm, which was opened in the 1820s, she was one of the first six women of the Swedish history who was given a portrait in the collection, alongside with Bridget of Sweden, Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, Barbro Stigsdotter (Svinhufvud), Sophia Rosenhane and Sophia Elisabet Brenner.


"Alas, the may flys does not live longer They come and go with the sun. When the evening wind blows by your ear, In it is an image of my fates! So sad around my grave does the sylphid go and blow away my memory from time VITALIS" 

Peter Englund, Ofredsår
A. L. Stjerneld (anonym), Gripsholmgalleriet (Stockholm 1833)
Wilhelmina Stålberg, Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor (Notes on Swedish women)
Women Latin Poets, Jane Stevenson
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Vendela Skytte af Duderhof's Timeline

December 8, 1608
March 14, 1627
Age 18
August 18, 1629
Age 20
Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
November 20, 1629
Age 20