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
Little is known of his life other than hints from his own chronicles.
He is believed to have come from
Latin Misnia) in Saxony.
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
In 1066 or 1067 he was invited by archbishop
Adalbert of Hamburg
Adalbert of Hamburg to
join the Church of Bremen. Adam was accepted among the capitulars
of Bremen, and by 1069 he appeared as director of the cathedral's
school. Soon thereafter he began to write the history of
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 gave him the
opportunity to find information about the history and geography of
Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. Among other things he
wrote about in Scandinavia, includes the sailing passages across
Øresund such as today's Elsinore to Helsingborg route.
^ Gilman, ed., Daniels (1905). The New International Encyclopedia. New
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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
Chłopacka Hanna: Adam Bremeński. In: Słownik Starożytności
Słowiańskich. Vol. 1. 1961, p. 3-4.
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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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