Adam of Bremen’s Gesta Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae Pontificum is one of the most important accounts documenting the history, geography and ethnology of Northern and Central-Eastern Europe in the period between the ninth and eleventh centuries. Its author, a canon of the archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremen, remains an almost anonymous figure but his text is an essential source for the study of the early medieval Baltic. However, despite its undisputed status, past scholarship has tended to treat Adam of Bremen’s account as, on the one hand, an historically accurate document, but on the other, a literary artefact containing few, if any, reliable historical facts. The studies collected in this volume investigate the origins and context of the Gesta and will enable researchers to better understand and evaluate the historical veracity of the text.

chapter 2|11 pages

Proselytus et advena

Reading the opening lines of Adam's prologue in the light of biblical viewpoints on foreigners and converts

chapter 13|16 pages

Of Gunnhildrs and Gyðas

chapter 14|17 pages

At the edge of time

Adam of Bremen's imaginary North and Horror Vacui

chapter 16|22 pages

Harald Bluetooth and the Western Slavs

Cultural interactions in light of textual and archaeological sources