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Adam of Bremen
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later 11th century. Northern Germany. One of the foremost historians and early ethnographers of the medieval period, he joined the Archdiocese of Bremen in 1066/67 and led the cathedral school. Author of Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum (Deeds of Bishops of the Hamburg Church).

The Gesta, in the genre of the gesta episcoporum, relates in four books the history of the archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen, claiming missionary jurisdiction over the northern and northeastern regions of the Baltic, the North Sea and the North Atlantic. Books 1 and …

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Lazda, Rasma, “Adam of Bremen”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00031>
First published online: 2016

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