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Adam of Bremen
Bremen
(Latin: Adamus Bremensis; German: Adam von Bremen) was a German medieval chronicler. He lived and worked in the second half of the eleventh century. He is most famous for his chronicle Gesta Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae Pontificum (Deeds of Bishops of the Hamburg Church). Little is known of his life other than hints from his own chronicles. He is believed to have come from Meissen
Meissen
( Latin
Latin
Misnia) in Saxony.[1] The dates of his birth and death are uncertain, but he was probably born before 1050 and died on 12 October of an unknown year (possibly 1081, at the latest 1085). From his chronicles it is apparent that he was familiar with a number of authors. The honorary name of Magister Adam shows that he had passed through all the stages of a higher education. It is probable that he was taught at the Magdeburger Domschule. In 1066 or 1067 he was invited by archbishop Adalbert of Hamburg
Adalbert of Hamburg
to join the Church of Bremen.[2] Adam was accepted among the capitulars of Bremen, and by 1069 he appeared as director of the cathedral's school.[2] Soon thereafter he began to write the history of Bremen/ Hamburg
Hamburg
and of the northern lands in his Gesta. His position and the missionary activity of the church of Bremen allowed him to gather information on the history and the geography of Northern Germany. A stay at the court of Svend Estridson
Svend Estridson
gave him the opportunity to find information about the history and geography of Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries.[2] Among other things he wrote about in Scandinavia, includes the sailing passages across Øresund
Øresund
such as today's Elsinore to Helsingborg route.[3] References[edit]

^ Gilman, ed., Daniels (1905). The New International Encyclopedia. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. p. 101. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ a b c Remy, Arthur F.J. "Adam of Bremen." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 20 Sept. 2012 ^ http://www.helsingorleksikon.dk/index.php/Helsing%C3%B8r-Helsingborg_overfarten

Further reading[edit]

Chłopacka Hanna: Adam Bremeński. In: Słownik Starożytności Słowiańskich. Vol. 1. 1961, p. 3-4.

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Literature by and about Adam of Bremen
Bremen
in the German National Library catalogue Adamus Bremensis: Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum
Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum
(Lat.) "Adam Bremensis". Repertorium "Historical Sources of the German Middle Ages" (Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters). 

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 84951025 LCCN: n81004407 ISNI: 0000 0001 1680 8301 GND: 11850052X SELIBR: 174771 SUDOC: 034943080 BNF: cb12564136s (data)

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