Ekkehard

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Ekkehard

(ĕk`əhärt), name of several medieval German authors, monks of the monastery of St. Gall, which is in present-day Switzerland. Ekkehard I wrote the famous Latin epic Waltharius (c.930), celebrating the deeds of the Alemannic prince Walter. Ekkehard II, fl. 10th cent., was the tutor of Hedwig of Swabia. He is the hero of Scheffel's novel Ekkehard (1856). Best known is Ekkehard IV, whose chronicle (c.1100) of St. Gall is an important, if historically inaccurate, account of medieval life. Another Ekkehard (fl. 1100) was an abbot of Aura who also wrote historical works.
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The belief that Ekkehard was also the author of the famous Waltharius epic stems from a statement in the Casus Sancti Galli, a history of Sankt Gallen written in part by Ekkehard IV, that Ekkehard I--while still in abbey school--composed a Vitam Waltharii manu fortisas a school exercise for his master Geraldus.