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Martin of Opava
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[Martin of Poland]

d. 1278/9. Bohemia. Cited by contemporaries as Martinus Oppaviensis, later as Martinus Polonus. The German form Martin von Troppau is also seen in English. Dominican from Opava (Moravia/Bohemia). Wrote a Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum (Chronicle of Popes and Emperors) in Latin prose. Martin was the most influential European chronicler of the High Middle Ages.

Martin appears to have been born in Opava before 1230, and was attached to the Curia by the time of Alexander V (1254-61). He is attested as domni pape penitentiarius et capellanus (papal chaplain and p…

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Brincken, Anna-Dorothee von den, “Martin of Opava”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000112>
First published online: 2016



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