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Helmold

 

Born about 1125; died after 1177. German priest and missionary from Holstein; author of the so-called Slavic Chronicle, in which he described the seizure by German feudal nobles of the lands of the Polabian Slavs and their colonization and Christianization. For part of the chronicle (ninth to 11th centuries), Helmold primarily used the works of Adam of Bremen, but events of the 12th century (up to 1171) are described by him from his own observations and information obtained from contemporaries. Despite a strong German-Catholic bias and factual inaccuracies, Helmold’s chronicle is a principal (and for some things the only) source on the history of the Polabian Slavs. It was continued (up to 1209) by Arnold of Lübeck.

WORKS

Slavianskaia khronika (Foreword, translation from Latin, and notes by L. V. Razumovskaia.) Moscow, 1963.

REFERENCE

Egorov, D. N. Slaviano-germanskie otnosheniia v srednie veka: Kolonizatsiia Meklenburga v XIII v., vols. 1-2. Moscow, 1915.
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aastal, kui ruutel Helmold von Sagha asutas 100-margase vikaaria Puha Barbara kabelis, mis asus Niguliste kiriku surnuaial (in cimiterio beati Nicolai).
Uues kabelis oli ruumi juba kahele altarile, kuid Helmold von Sagha vikaaria (36) oli Barbara altari juures endiselt alles.
sajandil oli maletatavasti sissetuleku allikaks ruutel Helmold von Sagha parand.
Saint Bernard lui-meme, premier responsable de l'entreprise croisee, aurait affirme selon le chroniqueur Helmold de Bosau que les nations barbares de l'Orient seraient amenees a la loi chretienne (44).
Helmold de Bosau nos ofrece una descripcion del origen de los nuevos pobladores:
La Cronica de Helmold de Bosau nos ofrece tambien valiosa informacion sobre los asentamientos y la poblacion emigrante.
Pero, por otro lado, Adolfo se sentia en deuda con Niklot, ya que este le habia apoyado siempre en su politica de crear nuevos asentamientos, de ahi que, como nos informa Helmold, existiera cierta simpatia por parte de Adolfo hacia sus vecinos paganos (44).
Por otra parte, ni en los Annales Palidenses ni en la Cronica de Helmold se hace referencia a un movimiento masivo de caballeros para conseguir la remision o la salvacion.
Al hablar de las verdaderas motivaciones de Enrique el Leon, Helmold de Bosau se muestra tajante al afirmar que solo intervino por el beneficio economico, dejando de lado motivaciones misionales (49).
Helmold of Bosau, in a frequently quoted comment, was, however, much more explicit: 'It seemed to the organizers of the expedition that part of the army should be sent to eastern lands, part to Spain and a third part against the Slavs.
Curiously, neither earlier not later sources record such conflation, but in the 1100s one can read such statements as, for example, Helmold of Bosau: Quod si adieceris Ungariam in partem Slavaniae, ut quidam volunt, quia nec habitu nec lingua discrepat, eo usque latitudo Slavicae linguae succrescit, ut pene careat estimatione.