Chronicon Roskildense

Chronicon Roskildense

Chronicon Roskildense

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Chronicon Roskildense (Danish: Roskildekr√łniken English: Roskilde Chronicle) a small Danish historical work, which except for few yearbooks, is the oldest known attempt to write a coherent account of Danish history by a Danish author, from the time of the introduction of Christianity in Denmark to the author's own time. Written in Latin.

The original chronicle covers the timeframe 826 to c. 1140. A later addition from King Valdemar I's time, of a few more pages, takes the chronicle to 1157, when King Valdemar I gains the throne of Denmark. However these additional pages is mostly direct quotes from other sources.

The author is unknown, but it is thought he must have had some relationship to Roskilde Cathedral, as he is very confident with matters dealing with Roskilde. Churchly matters are not of special interest to him, he writes lively and vividly about all kinds of matters happing around him. Events themselves are only briefly covered while persons taking part in them or even created them, are throughout covered with great passion.

Unlike Saxo's Gesta Danorum or Svend Aagesen's Brevis Historia Regum Dacie which is Danish history as seen from our time, Chronicon Roskildense often covers the 'losing' side in these very same events told of by Saxo and Svend Aggesen. At times the author can seem very bitter and blinded by politic, however this fact also makes this chronicle a very interesting piece of work. 'Winners' write history, this work is history seen from the 'losing'...
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