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Thietmar of Merseburg

975 - 1018

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Thietmar (also Dietmar or Dithmar; 25 July 975 – 1 December 1018), Prince-Bishop of Merseburg from 1009 until his death, was an important chronicler recording the reigns of German kings and Holy Roman Emperors of the Ottonian (Saxon) dynasty. Two of Thietmar's great-grandfathers, both referred to as Liuthar, were the Saxon nobles Lothar II, Count of Stade, and Lothar I, Count of Walbeck. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thietmar of Merseburg has received more than 79,857 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Thietmar of Merseburg is the 936th most popular writer (up from 1,046th in 2019), the 905th most popular biography from Germany (up from 979th in 2019) and the 59th most popular German Writer.

Thietmar of Merseburg is most famous for his chronicle of the Ottonian dynasty, which he wrote in the years 1012-1018. The chronicle is a history of the Germanic people from the death of Otto the Great in 973 to the death of Henry II in 1024.

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Among writers, Thietmar of Merseburg ranks 936 out of 5,755Before him are James Jones, Alexandra David-Néel, Ben Jonson, Arthur Adamov, Peter Townsend, and Roger Zelazny. After him are Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Ahmad Khani, Ivan Gundulić, Jan Potocki, Felix Salten, and Charles Nodier.

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Among people born in 975, Thietmar of Merseburg ranks 3Before him are Stephen I of Hungary and Pope John XIX. After him is Hisham III of Córdoba. Among people deceased in 1018, Thietmar of Merseburg ranks 2Before him is Harald II of Denmark. After him are Ivan Vladislav of Bulgaria, Antipope Gregory VI, Abd al-Rahman IV, Henry I, Margrave of Austria, Ali ibn Hammud al-Nasir, Ad-Darazi, and William II, Count of Provence.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Thietmar of Merseburg ranks 905 out of 6,142Before him are Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (1946), Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (1635), Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1370), Reinhard Scheer (1863), John George, Elector of Brandenburg (1525), and Kurt Koffka (1886). After him are William IV, Duke of Bavaria (1493), Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (1173), Tannhäuser (1205), Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria (1724), Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (1754), and Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Thietmar of Merseburg ranks 59Before him are Kurt Eisner (1867), Hans Sachs (1494), Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (1868), Stefan George (1868), Marie d'Agoult (1805), and Christoph Martin Wieland (1733). After him are Tannhäuser (1205), Emanuel Schikaneder (1751), Ernst Hanfstaengl (1887), Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1622), Bernhard Schlink (1944), and Johannes Valentinus Andreae (1586).