Chronicle of Breisgau

The Chronicle of Breisgau

1139

Gräfin Jutta, the wife of Graf Filibert of Breisgau, was murdered on the orders of her husband on 3 November.

1140

Thomas von Holstein was imprisoned in a dungeon in Breisgau by Graf Filibert, his father. Pope Gregorius VII, leader of all Catholic faithful, died of an infected wound on 13 July. Graf Filibert died of severe stress on 17 December. Thomas was released from the dungeon and succeeded his father with a grand ceremony in Freiburg.

1141

Tens of thousands of crows birds invaded Breisgau just before the harvest, causing much damage to the farmers’s fields.

1143

A giant destroyed several villages in Breisgau, but then disappeared without trace.

1145

Walram von Holstein, the son of Graf Thomas, married Sunniva, daughter of Gunnhild of Norway.

1146

People in Breisgau claimed to have seen two suns at the same time.

1150

Breisgau saw an unusually bountiful harvest this year.

1152

The earth shook for three days in Breisgau, killing two hundred peasants and a priest, an omen of the strife to come, for soon after was fought the Battle of Zähringen, where the brave Graf Thomas joined his liege, König Lothar, against the kaiser’s invasion. On each side, over twenty thousand men faced each other, and there over twelve thousand men perished, Graf Thomas among them, before the king claimed victory and the armies of the empire were put to flight on 21 October. Thomas’s son, Walram, succeeded him with a grand ceremony in Freiburg.

1153

South of the Alps, the retreating army of the kaiser found respite and new allies. Graf Walram and König Lothar took to the mountain passes of Grisons, and there prepared to meet the enemy once again, but there were defeated by the seemingly endless numbers of the empire’s soldiers.

1154

In this year the graf’s firstborn son, Walram, was born.

1155

Graf Walram supported King Gilbert of Scotland in war against his enemies.

1156

Again Graf Walram and König Lothar marched together against the kaiser, this time in Baden, and again prevailed in a terrible battle, by the grace of our Lord. Count Walram was victorious in the battle of Nordgau against the army of the Holy Roman Empire.

1157

The king continued to pursue the retreating armies of the empire and defeated them again in the mountains of Grisons. With this victory, the kaiser was forced to admit defeat and acknowledge König Lothar the Just as the rightful king of Bavaria and liege of Baden.

1158

A strange plague killed thousands of wild rabbits in the county of Breisgau.

1159

Breisgau saw an unusually bountiful harvest this year.

1160

A strange plague killed thousands of wild rabbits in the county of Breisgau.

1161

Herzog Hermann II of Carinthia, the liege Lord of König Lothar the Just, died of severe stress on 28 March. Graf Walram of Breisgau was victorious in the battle of Verona against the army of the Italian Liberation Revolt, commanded by Gherardo.

1162

Pope Urbanus II declared a Crusade, wherein all faithful Catholics were called to help conquer Aragon from the infidel. He died comatose in bed on 6 December.

1163

Graf Walram supported King Tibor of Hungary in war against his enemies.

1164

Pope Nicolaus III, leader of all Catholic faithful, died bedridden and infirm on 16 September.

1165

Pope Leo X, leader of all Catholic faithful, died a natural death on 19 February.

1166

Several people in Breisgau spoke of seeing strange shapes dancing on the moon.

1167

Graf Walram supported King Tibor of Hungary again in war against his enemies. Kaiser Adalhard laid claim to the Grafschaft of Breisgau, and invaded Bavaria for it.

1168

In Tirol, König Lothar the Just of Bavaria defeated the hosts of the Holy Roman Empire, but an even greater force then came upon them and defeated them in turn, and the king was forced to surrender, ceding Breisgau to the empire. It is said that then Graf Walram began to work against the kaiser in secret, intent to employ intrigue where force of arms had failed to return Breisgau to the kingdom of Bavaria.

1170

Thomas von Holstein married Princess Ag┬Ěta, daughter of King Tibor of Hungary.

1171

Breisgau saw an unusually bountiful harvest this year.

1172

Strange and wonderful serpents were seen in Breisgau.

1173

In Breisgau, the people celebrated the benevolent rule of Graf Walram.

1174

Pope Silvester IV, leader of all Catholic faithful, died a natural death on 22 February. The Crusaders expelled the infidels from Aragon, claiming victory in the Crusade declared by Pope Urbanus II twelve years before for the servants of God.

1175

Graf Walram was imprisoned in Jülich by Kaiser Adalhard and executed on 24 July. His son, Thomas, succeeded to the throne of the Grafschaft with a grand ceremony in Freiburg. People in Breisgau claimed to have seen two suns at the same time.

1176

A dragon was seen in the Grafschaft of Breisgau.

1178

A giant destroyed several villages in Breisgau, but then disappeared without trace.

1179

Pope Ioannes XIX, leader of all Catholic faithful, died a natural death on 16 June. Kaiser Adalhard died comatose in bed on 8 December.

1180

Graf Thomas asserted the independence of Breisgau from the Holy Roman Empire, which Kaiser Heinrich granted. The graf then swore fealty to König Burchard, restoring the grafschaft to the kingdom of Bavaria.

1183

Liudolf, the firstborn son, was born to Graf Thomas of Breisgau. The graf joined the armies of the Kings of Bavaria and Germany who marched against Kaiser Heinrich the Usurper at Nordgau, and God granted them victory.

1184

Graf Thomas’s suffered defeat at the hands of the kaiser’s army. The graf’s son Emelrich died of an infected wound on 1 October.

1185

Villagers saw blood raining from the sky in the county of Breisgau.

1186

Sunniva, the mother of Graf Thomas of Breisgau, died a natural death on 27 December.

1187

Villagers saw blood raining from the sky in the county of Breisgau.

1189

An uncommonly great number of children were born this year in Breisgau.

1190

Several people in Breisgau spoke of seeing strange shapes dancing on the moon.

1191

Herzog Thomas of Baden made a pious pilgrimage to Jerusalem. While he was away, a dragon was seen in the county of Breisgau. Upon his return, the Herzxog fell ill and died on Christmas Day. His son, Walram, succeeded him with a grand ceremony in Freiburg.

1192

A star fell from the sky in Breisgau, killing three cows.

1193

The dragon that presaged Herzog Thomas’s death was seen again in Breisgau.

1194

A goat with three heads was born in Breisgau.

1199

Herzog Walram married Princess Magdalena, daughter of King Sedzimir of Poland.

1200

Herzog Walram supported King Sedzimir of Poland in war against his enemies.

Chronicle of Breisgau

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