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Thietmar, bishop and chronicler
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This introduction presents an overview of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg and Ottonian Germany, including its government and society, the office of the emperor and the imperial church. Bishop Thietmar's Chronicon provides a personal testament, comparable to the medieval expressions of individuality as the autobiography of Guibert of Nogent. Piety and influence aside, Thietmar remained an imperial bishop and was intensely aware of the influence of kingship and politics on the church, his diocese, and his own career. He was especially concerned with the impact of royal power on the episcopate. The emperorship and the 'imperial church', the papacy, relations with Slavs, Italians, and with their Saxon homeland, these figured among the chief reference points for Ottonian kings and have continued to do so for modern historians who study the Ottonian Reich.

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Ottonian Germany

The Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg


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