Widukind of Corvey


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Widukind of Corvey

 

(Witikind, Wittekind). Born circa 925; died after 973. A German medieval historian and Saxon Benedictine monk of the abbey of Corvey in Westphalia. Widukind wrote The History of the Saxons (in three books), covering the history to the year 967; an unknown author continued it to the year 973. This work sheds light on political and military events in the history of the Saxons and on the activity of the first two German kings of the Saxon dynasty.

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“Res gestae Saxonicae.” Edited by P. Hirsch. In Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Germanicarum, 5th ed. Hannover, 1935.
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Wailes's recent article, her plays parallel themes and interests evident in the works of the chroniclers Widukind of Corvey and Thietmar of Meresburg, and the authors of the many vitae of prominent tenth- and early eleventh-century bishops and abbots.
Nevertheless, he was obviously an educated and talented writer, remembered among other achievements for his highly regarded translations of Horace; and as one of the leading reformers of the opera libretto at the beginning of the eighteenth century he would have been concerned with historical truth.(25) Accordingly, it seems reasonable to assume that he was acquainted with the standard chronicles of tenth-century German, Italian and Greek history by such writers as Widukind of Corvey; Liutprand, Bishop of Cremona; Adalbert of St Maximin, Archbishop of Magdeburg; and Thietmar, Bishop of Merseburg.(26) An investigation into the extent of Pallavicini's historical accuracy is appropriate in the circumstances.