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Ottonian Germany: The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg
The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg --translated here for the first time in its entirety--is one of the most important sources for the history of the 10th and early-11th centuries, and especially of the Ottoman Empire. Thietmar is arguably the most important witness to the early history of Poland, and his detailed descriptions of Slavic folklore are the earliest on reco ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Manchester University Press
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Feb 18, 2014 Jan-Maat added it
During the night, I had seen a bishop's staff standing next to my bed and a voice had asked: 'Do you wish to receive the church of Merseburg?' I responded: 'If it is the will of God and of the archbishop who orders me to come.' The voice continued: 'Take care, because whoever arouses the anger of St.Lawrence immediately losses his mind'. I responded: 'May Christ, the guardian of human kind, protect me that I may not in this, or in any other way, offend the majesty of God and forfeit the interces ...more
Thietmar (Dietmar or Dithmar) of Merseburg was a German churchman who eventually was installed as bishop of Merseburg. While Bishop he wrote a chronicle covering the reigns of Henry I, the three Ottos and Henry II.