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Oldenburg, Bishopric
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[German Version]

Oldenburg (in Holstein), Slavonic Starigard, was in the early Middle Ages a Slavic power center in Wagria, where Slavic people had settled. Known in German as Aldinburg, it was a bishop’s seat from 968 (suffragan of Hamburg-Bremen). The founding of the bishopric, in the course of the Slavic mission of Otto the Great, was not able to survive the pagan Slavic uprisings from 983. The renewal of the bishopric in Oldenburg by the Christian Abodrite prince Gottschalk, around 1060, also lasted only until 1066. The succession of bishops wa…

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Schmidt, Heinrich, “Oldenburg, Bishopric”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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