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Saxon historian: see WittekindWittekind,
or Wettekind
, c.925–c.1004, Saxon historian, a monk, frequently called Wittekind of Corvey. He wrote the Res gestae Saxonicae, a history of the Saxons from earliest times to 997.
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(wĭd`o͞okĭnd) or


(wĭt`ə–), d. 807?, leader of the Saxons against the Frankish king Charlemagne (later emperor of the West). In 782, when Charlemagne organized Saxony as a Frankish province and ordered forced conversion of the pagan Saxons, the Saxons under Widukind resumed warfare against the Franks. In the course of the war Charlemagne is said to have ordered the massacre (783) of 4,500 Saxon prisoners. Widukind fled to Denmark, but the Saxons fought on all the more fiercely. In 785, Charlemagne offered Widukind a safe-conduct in order to negotiate peace. Widukind met the emperor and accepted baptism; Charlemagne was his godfather. Sporadic Saxon uprisings continued until 804.
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Commissioned to write the text by Mathilde's grandson, Otto II, they portrayed Mathilde as significant for two reasons: first, she was descended from the famous Saxon Duke Widukind, who had converted to Christianity after being spared in a dual with Charlemagne and who after his conversion became a devout defender of the Church; and second, her main occupation after having children was the expansion of the Church through the founding of numerous cloisters and monasteries.