Ottonian Germany

The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg

Edited by David Warner

Ottonian Germany

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-4926-2
  • Pages: 432
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: May 2001
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Germany, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, HISTORY / Medieval, European history, Literary studies: ancient & classical, History, Medieval History
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg has long been recognised as one of the most important sources for the history of the tenth and early eleventh centuries, especially for the history of the Ottonian Empire. Thietmar's testimony also has special value because of his geographical location, in eastern Saxony, on the boundary between German and Slavic cultures. He is arguably the single most important witness to the early history of Poland, and his detailed descriptions of Slavic folklore are the earliest on record. This is a very important source in the medieval period, translated here in its entirety for the first time. It relates to an area of medieval studies generally dominated by German scholars, in which Anglo-phone scholars are beginning to make a substantial contribution.


Series editor's foreword
Family trees
Introduction: Thietmar, Bishop and chronicler
The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6
Book 7
Book 8


David A. Warner is Associate Professor of History at the Rhode Island School of Design

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