Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum

  • Country in which the text is set
    Baltic Region
  • Featured locations
    Baltic Sea, Sweden, Lapland
  • Impact

    For a longtime the impact of Adam's work seems to have been rather limited. Today he is considered as one of the most important historians of the Middle Ages. His work is known also for giving the very first hint to the discovery of >Vineland<, i.e. North America, by the Vikings.

  • Balticness

    The fourth book of Adam's Gesta outlines a portrait of the Baltic region from the perspective of a medieval cleric who was committed to his missionary duties but as well was still steeped deeply in the traditions of ancient geography and mythology.

    Reinhard Kaiser

  • Bibliographic information

    Adam finished the work on his Gesta in 1075/76, but continued to add amendments until 1081.

    Original text and German translation: Adam Bremensis, Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae Pontificum - Bischofsgeschichte der Hamburger Kirche, in: Ausgewählte Quellen zur deutschen Geschichte des Mittelalters, hrsg. von Rudolf Buchner, Bd XI: Quellen des 9. und 11. Jahrhunderts zur Geschichte der hamburgischen Kirche und des Reiches. Neu übersetzt von Werner Trillmich. Berlin: Rütten & Loening 1961.

    By kind permission of Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt.

  • Translations
    Language Year Translator
    Danish 1861 P. W. Christensen (abr.)
    Danish 1930 Carsten L. Henrichsen (abr.)
    English 1595 Francis J. Tschan
    German 1825 C. Miesegaes
    German 1893 J. C. M. Laurent
    German 1926 S. Steinberg
    German 1961 Werner Trillmich
    Norwegian 1921 Halvdan Koht (abr.)
    Norwegian 1993 Bjørg Tosterud Danielsen & Anne Katrine Frihagen
    Norwegian 1995 Torstein Jørgensen (abr.) 
    Swedish 1718 Johan Peringskiöld
    Swedish 1984 Emanuel Svenberg
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