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Albert of Stade

A chronicler of the thirteenth century. He was born before the close of the twelfth century. It is known that he became abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Stade (near Hamburg) in 1232. Failing to change (1236) the rule of St. Benedict in his abbey to that of the Cistercians, he resigned his office and in 1240 joined the Franciscans. In the same year he commenced to compile his chronicle, which begins with the creation of the world and comes down to 1256; he may also be the author of the continuations to 1265. The earlier portions appear to have been taken from Bede's "Libellus de sex aetatibus mundi," and Ekkehard's "Chronicle." As he approaches his own times, Albert becomes, after the manner of medieval chroniclers, both fuller and more reliable. The first and only complete edition is that printed at Helmstadt in 1587; (Wittenberg, 1608). He is also credited with the authorship of a work called "Troilus," a Latin epic on the Trojan War, in 5,320 lines, a manuscript copy of which is in the Wolfenbuttel library.

Sources

VON FUNK, in Kirchenlex., I, 425, 426; WATTENBACH, Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen (6th ed., Berlin, 1893), II, 439-441. The text of the Chronicle from 1165 to the end is best found in Mon. Germ. Hist.---Scriptores, XVI, 272 sqq., 431 sqq. See HURTER, Nomenclator., IV, 269, 353.

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APA citation. Shahan, T. (1907). Albert of Stade. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01262c.htm

MLA citation. Shahan, Thomas. "Albert of Stade." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01262c.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Laura Ouellette.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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