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Annales Ordinis Predicatorum de Provincia Dacie

Dominican annals from the medieval province of Dacia


Presented by J.G.G. Jakobsen, Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2010-12.

Last update: 2015.03.20




When Fr. Humbert of Romans, master general of the Order of Preachers, endorsed his fellow friars at the general chapters in 1255 and 1256 to register all noteworthy events in the history of their order, his call was first and most famously complied with by Fr. Gerardus de Fracheto, who wrote the Vitae fratrum around 1260-62, to be followed by two Dominican chronicles, Chronica prior and Chronica posterior, perhaps written by Fr. Gerardus as well around 1263-66. This was, however, not the first attempt to preserve Dominican history for posterity, as one of Humbert’s predecessors as master general, Fr. Jordan of Saxony, wrote his Libellus de principiis ordinis sometime in 1231-34. As it was common in their days, the authors presented their information in a strict chronological way, not unlike the old monastic tradition of yearbooks or annals, with very short historical references attached to a chronological list of years.

          The request of Fr. Humbert was apparently also heard far away in the Order’s remote province of Dacia, where Dominican history writing in the literary shape of annals flourished in the second half of the thirteenth century. But just as for the Order in general, Humbert’s call did not introduce the tradition to the province, it merely advanced an already existing school taking place at some of the leading convents. The first Dacian-Dominican annals, Annales Dano-Suecani, seem to have been started at the convent in Roskilde, Denmark, as early as in the 1230s, and thus practically right from the first days of the convent itself. By the middle of the century, the preserved version of these annals was brought to Sweden and continued there until 1263. In the following decades, several other Dominican convents began to compile and keep annals of events considered important to the friars. Not only events with direct relation the Order of Preachers, but just as much of things going on outside the priories. Thus, it seems as if Scandinavian Friars Preachers did not only keep track of history for themselves, but that the annals were meant for a larger audience. Whereas an annalistic tradition already was present in Denmark by the arrival of the Order, a tradition, which the friars helped promote and develop throughout the thirteenth century, they were true pioneers within this literary genre in Sweden, where history writing was indeed introduced by the Dominican Order.

          At least two such set of annals are extant from the Order of Preachers in Dacia, that is the Annales Dano-Suecani and the Annales Skeningenses. For another two yearbooks, Annales 980-1286 and Annales 266-1430, it is disputed whether they were indeed compiled by Friars Preachers in their preserved version, but if not, then the compilers must have had access to at least two additional Dominican yearbooks - probably one Danish and one or two Swedish - now only preserved through their transcripts. This is indeed the case for a fifth set of Dominican annals, preserved for posterity by a sixteenth-century Franciscan chronicler of Roskilde, Fr. Petrus Olavi OFM, who in his annals reveals a surprisingly comprehensive and detailed knowledge on the history of the Dominican convents in the region, which must have been offered to him by a written tradition kept by his mendicant colleagues. Finally, a few isolated Dominican references, not preserved anywhere else, can be found in a handful of other non-Dominican annals from Scandinavia, although hardly enough to suggest any additional, now lost yearbooks of the Friars Preachers in Dacia.


In addition to the actual yearbooks or annals kept by Friars Preachers in Dacia, Dominican history writing in the province also produced the chronicle Historia ordinis predicatorum in Dacia, probably written in the convent of Tallinn, Estonia, in the middle of the thirteenth century; and to some extent even the list of Priores provinciales in provincia Dacia by Fr. Bernard Gui from around 1310, since although not related to the province himself, Bernard must have based his list on some Dacian-Dominican source.



·    Annales Dano-Suecani 916-1263

·    Annales Skeningenses 1208-1288

·    Annales 980-1286

·    Ex Annales 266-1430

·    Ex Annales Petri Olavi OFM


Annales Dano-Suecani (916-1263) (a.k.a. Chronologia vetus or The Dominican Yearbook)

Annales Dano-Suecani is a Dominican yearbook from the thirteenth century. The extant version is written by two different chroniclers, A and B, of which A covers the period 1130-1254, to which B has brought some additions and a continuation for the period 1255-1263. The entries by chronicler A clearly focus on events in the eastern part of Denmark, which in a Dominican perspective for this period points to the convents in either Lund or Roskilde (Jørgensen 1920, 21), and probably especially to Roskilde (Gallén 1940, 35-36). The entries up until c. 1230 are to a large part based on the Annales Lundenses, a yearbook compiled by the canons secular at the cathedral chapter in Lund. But from 1230 onwards, the Dominican yearbook takes its own way, to some extent with relations to the Cistercian Annales Ryenses, which would indicate that the Annales Dano-Suecani was begun at this time – which is also the time when the convent of Friars Preachers in Roskilde was established. The yearbook may have been continued in Roskilde (or Lund) after 1254, but the preserved version at this point was transferred to an unidentified convent of the Order in Sweden – most probably not Sigtuna (Jørgensen 1920, 21), rather Skänninge (Paulsson 1974, 31) - where it was supplemented and continued by chronicler B in the years 1255-1263, now with a clear focus on events taking place in Sweden. Chronicler B has added three entries on top of the first page before the beginning of the original annals and inserted his additional entries for the period 1130-1254 where A had left any room. It was obviously intended to continue the annals far beyond 1263, since B has listed all the years from 1255 to 1315 (Jørgensen 1920, 20). The extant manuscript is preserved as an addition on the two first pages of a sermon collection (a Sermones de sanctis) kept at the University Library of Uppsala (Codex Upsalensis C 70). It has been published by J. Langebek in Scriptores Rerum Danicarum vol. II, 166-168, Copenhagen 1773; by E.M. Fant in Scriptores Rerum Suecicarum medii ævi vol. I no. 47, Uppsala 1818; by E. Jørgensen in Annales Danici medii ævi, 130-131, Copenhagen 1920; by G. Paulsson in Annales Suecici medii aevi, 252-257, Lund 1974; and by E. Kroman in Danmarks middelalderlige annaler no. 2, 12-15, Copenhagen 1980.



The passages concerning the Order of Preachers itself are presented in black, the rest in grey tone.

The colour of the pen-holding hand after each entry indicates if it is made by chronicler A (red) or B (blue).

For comments on Dominican passages, use the links in the right column to the footnotes or the Diplomatarium OP Dacie online.



Dani ad fidem conversi per poponem diaconum, qui ferrum candens portavit illesus, quo viso Haraldus rex credidit, et popo factus est episcopus.



Consecratus est Stephanus archiepiscopus anno Karuli regis V et Alexandri tercii anno V.



Beatus Bernardus religionem ingreditur XV anno a constitutione domus cisterciensis sub Eugenio papa anno ipsius V.



Anno ab incarnatione Domini 1130. Sanctus Kanutus martyr Rinstadis.



Bellum Jaling.



Bellum Fotewig Scanie.



Roskildis devastata.



Nicholaus rex et IV.



Haraldus interfectus.



Tenebre in quadragesima per universam terram. Obiit Ascerus primus archiepiscopus.



Ericus Emuni interfectus.



Ericus Lamb factus est rex.



Olavus H. fili interfectus.



Bellum Slangathorp.



Obiit Ericus Lamb.



Bellum Thorstenthorp.



Bellum Wibergis.



Sanctus Bernardus moritur.



Kanutus rex moritur Roskildis. Occiditur Sweno rex.



Absalon factus episcopus Roskildensis.



Passus beatus Ericus XV kal. junii Adriani pape tercii anno V.



Habitum concilium Linchobie a Nicholao Albanensi, qui fuit post papa Adrianus.



Translacio sancti Kanuti Rinstadis (VII kal. julii). Kanutus rex coronatur. Wibergis moritur rex.



Moritur sanctus Thomas archiepiscopus Cantuariensis.



Terre motus in Dacia. Obiit Christoforus dux Jucie.



Eskillus archiepiscopus recessit de Dacia. Moritur Margareta Roskildis.



Bellum Annandalef in Scania. Rex Waldemarus occurrit imperatori circa Lubecam.



Bellum fuit Grinberchum.



Expeditio ad Walagust.



Obiit Stephanus archiepiscopus Upsalensis XV kal. augusti.



Jherusalem vastatur a salodano rege.



Occisus Johannes archiepiscopus Upsalensis apud Almarnum pridie idus augusti, et Sictuna combusta.



Dux Waldemarus factus miles.



Captus Waldemarus episcopus.



Obiit Kanutus rex et Colo episcopus Lincopensis.



Svercherus rex eligitur.



Expedicio ad Estoniam.



Obiit Petrus archiepiscopus (XIV) kal. (octobris).



Olavus eligitur in archiepiscopum.



Terre motus in Dacia. Obiit Sophia regina.



Obiit Absalon archiepiscopus.



Obiit sanctus Wilielmus confessor et abbas.



(Obiit Birgerus, dux) Suethie.



Obiit Kanutus rex.



Interfectio in Elchiaras; occisi filii Kanuti regis.



Solutus episcopus Waldemarus.



Ebbo et Laurencius filii Sunonis corruerunt.



Bellum fuit Lenum pridie kal. februarii.



Natus Wilielmus filius Waldemari secundi.



Bellum Giestilsren XV kal. augusti, ubi occubuerunt Svercherus rex et Fulco dux.



Obiit Petrus episcopus Roskildensis.



Confirmatus ordo predicatorum ab Honorio papa. Natus Ericus, filius Waldemari secundi.

? [note 1]


Obiit Otto imperator. Waldemarus III consecratus.



Obiit Ericus rex, et natus Ericus tercius.



Expedicio ad Estoniam.



Obiit Valerius archiepiscopus VII idus aprilis.



Jerusalem restituta christianis.



Occisi Karolus episcopus et Karolus dux VI idus augusti.



Obiit sanctus Dominicus. Obiit Berangaria regina.

? [note 2]


Gregorius cardinalis in Dacia.

? [note 3]


Obiit Johannes rex VI idus martii.



Captus Waldemarus rex et filius eius.



Obiit episcopus Petrus Roskildensis filius Jacobi. Soluti duo reges.



Nicholaus episcopus consecratus.



Obiit beatus Franciscus.

? [note 4]


Capti Dani apud Bornooueth.



Obierunt Andreas et Petrus archiepiscopi.



Eclipsis solis facta. Fugatus Ericus rex Swecie. Uffo consecratus in archiepiscopum.



Bellum Olustrum IV kal. decembris.



Obierunt Waldemarus rex et Alienor regina.



Obiit frater Antonius.

? [note 5]


Ericus rex coronatus. Obiit Johannes marscalcus in Accaron.

? [note 6]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Beatus Dominicus est translatus.

? [note 7]


Lundis combusta.



Obierunt Kanutus rex et Olavus archiepiscopus.



Obiit frater Johannes Cabbi.

? [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Consecratus Jarlerius archiepiscopus non. octobris.



Obiit magister Jordanis. Interfectio Normannorum Scanør.

? [note 8]


Obiit Benedictus episcopus Lincopensis pridie nonas januarii.



Translacio sancti Wilielmi. Obiit magister Rano. Factus magister ordinis frater Remundus, provincialis Dacie Analdus.

? [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Et translacio beati Francisci.



Obiit Johannes filius Jacobi.



Factus provincialis Dacie frater Absalon, magister ordinis frater Johannes. Obiit Waldemarus.

? [note 9]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Orta discordia inter episcopum Nicholaum et Ericum regem.



Obierunt Jacobus Sunesun et uxor eius Estrid.

? [note 10]


Combusta ecclesia Othonie. Capta Ripis ab Abel.



Rex Ericus a bondonibus et rusticis a civitate Lundensi fugatus. Obiit Nicholaus in Claravalle, et confirmatus a papa episcopus Jacobus. Civitas Havn vastata.



Occisus rex Ericus Sleswich. Abel rex factus.

? [note 11]


Abel interfectus. Bellum Scanør. Christoforus rex factus.



Bellum Svineborg, Skelfiskør; et domus accepta Warthingæburg, et episcopus Jacobus electus in archiepiscopum et confirmatus.

? [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Factus magister ordinis frater Humbertus.



Obiit Jarlerius archiepiscopus Upsalensis.



Consecratus est Laurentius archiepiscopus. Obiit Karulus.



Obiit prior provincialis Absalon IV feria ante pascha. Frater Augustinus institutis.

? [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Regina Rikiza nupta in Slaviam.



Magnus legifer mortuus. Magister ordinis absolutus frater Humbertus.




Notes to Annales Dano-Suecani:

[1] This entry is probably based on Chronica prior: “A domino Honorio papa (…) ordo predicatorum confirmatus est.” (Gallén 1940, 121, note 4).

[2] This entry could be based on any Dominican chronicle, perhaps the Chronica posterior: “1221 (…) eodem anno mortuus est beatus Dominicus VIII idus augusti.” (Gallén 1940, 123, note 4).

[3] Although Cardinal Gregorius de Crescentia was no Friar Preacher himself, he was of Dominican relevance in Denmark, where he seems to have supported the introduction of the Order. This is not least the case in Lund, where we meet him on the scene of Archbishop Anders Sunesen’s donation of a house to the Order near the cathedral in 1222. He is also mentioned in the Historia, according to which he used the Dominican Fr. Salomon of Århus as an interpreter during his journeys as papal legate in Denmark.

[4] It may not be coincidental that the entry on the death of St. Francis was not made during the yearbook’s initial compilation in the 1230s, but came as an addition during its ‘second edition’ in Sweden in the period 1255-63 – and, thus, in the very years, when Master General Humbert of Romans and the Order in general eagerly sought to improve relations between the two mendicant orders.

[5] Fr. Antonius does not seem to have been a Dominican friar, but rather St. Anthony of Padua OFM, who died in 1231 and was canonized the following year. On his late inclusion in the second edition of this Dominican yearbook can be said the same as for the entry of St. Francis [note 4].

[6] Marshal Johannes Ebbesen was obviously not a friar, but according to Annales Petri Olavi he was the great benefactor behind the Dominican convent foundation in Roskilde [Diplomatarium OP Dacie].

[7] This entry may be based on Chronica posterior: “Translatum est corpus beati Dominici…”. (Gallén 1940, 124).

[8] This entry may be based on any Dominican chronicle.

[9] The entry on Master General Johannes Teutonicus may be based on Chronica prior: “Electus est in magistrum ordinis frater Johannes Teutonicus, quondam episcopus Bosniensis…”. (Gallén 1940, 124).

[10] Jakob Sunesen, a nephew of the abovementioned Johannes Ebbesen, was of the powerful Hvide family and considered one of the richest men in thirteenth-century Denmark. Neither he nor his wife is known to have donated anything to the Friars Preachers, but their daughter, Countess Ingerd von Regenstein, bequeathed quite a sum of money and silver to the Dominican convent in Roskilde in 1257 [Diplomatarium OP Dacie].

[11] The most striking thing about this entry is that neither this or any of the other preserved Dominican annals mention anything about the fact that the murdered King Erik IV Plovpenning was found in Slesvig fiord by fishermen and brought to the local Dominican priory, where miracles began to happen around his grave. Eventually, the king’s remains were moved to the Benedictine abbey in Ringsted, but even then Friars Preachers from Roskilde were involved with writing his hagiography and the attempt of getting him canonized. Whereas all this is mentioned in numerous non-Dominican annals [Diplomatarium OP Dacie], the yearbooks of the Order itself keep mysteriously silent about it.



Annales Skeningenses (1208-1288) (a.k.a. Annales Sigtunenses)

Annales Skeningenses or Annales Sigtunenses is a Dominican yearbook from the late thirteenth century. It was written in a Dominican convent in Sweden, most probably in either Skänninge or Sigtuna, which explains the two variations of its name; in some cases, it is even called Annales Ängsönenses, referring to Ängsö Castle, where it was found in 1867. As the yearbook contains several entries regarding the convent in Sigtuna and the archbishop in nearby Uppsala, it was for long believed to originate from Sigtuna (Annerstedt in SRS vol. III, 1-2), but a number of entries with clear reference to the convent in Skänninge and the diocese of Linköping, although sometimes without explicitly naming the places, convinced Jarl Gallén and Adolf Schück that the yearbook was more likely to come from the convent in Skänninge, and Gallén therefore introduced the new title Annales Skeningenses (Gallén 1940, 112-113; Schück 1952). The yearbook is covering the period 1208-1288 and is believed to have been completed c. 1290. It seems to be a compilation based on several older, but unidentifiable sources. Although of a predominantly Swedish content, it also seems to be based on one or more Danish sources, which only partly coincides with Annales Dano-Suecani (Gallén 1940, 106). A now lost continued version with more detailed Dominican information for the years 1255, 1260, 1261, 1281 and 1282, as well as for the subsequent period (1289, 1291, 1336, 1341 and 1401), seems to have been known to the secular-ecclesiastical compiler of the Annales 266-1430. The Annales Skeningenses are preserved through a transcript from the early fourteenth century, still kept at Ängsö Castle on the small island Ängsön in Lake Mälaren, where it was found in 1867, inserted in a liturgical book from the fifteenth century, perhaps made for the nuns at Vadstena Abbey. It has been published from a transcript by G.E. Klemming in Danske Samlinger 1. ser. vol. V, 370-375, Copenhagen 1869-70; by Claudius Annerstedt in Scriptores Rerum Suecicarum medii ævi vol. III:1, 1-7, Uppsala 1871-76; and by G. Paulsson in Annales Suecici medii aevi, 258-264, Lund 1974.


The passages concerning the Order of Preachers itself are presented in black, the rest in grey tone.

For further comments on the Dacian-Dominican passages, use the links in the right column to the Diplomatarium OP Dacie online.



bellum fuit in Lenum. Swerkerus fugatus est strages Danorum facta est inter quos Ebbo et Laurencius filii Sunonis de Dacia milites nobiles corruerunt reliqui Sani fugerunt cum magno pudore bellum fuit V kalendas Februarii.



Philippus rex occiditur et dux Polo homagium fecit Waldemaro regi Danorum.



incepit ordo minorum, et ordo de walle scolarum. Bellum fuit in Gestyldren ubi occubuit Swerkerus rex et Folko dux et multi alii nobiles. Eodem anno coronatus est rex Ericus secundus XI kalendas Decembris et duxit Rykyto sororem regis Dacie in uxorem.



Ingiborg soror regum Danorum et Waldemarus in graciam regis Franci est suscepta.



secunde nupcie facte sunt Valdemari regis et constituit filium suum regem Dacie, et imperator Otto pro rege Waldemaro ultra Albaciam fugam fecit.



confirmatus est ordo predicatorum a papa Honorio et data est eis prima ecclesia sancti Romani in Tholosa.



missi sunt fratres in Yspaniam.



data fratribus Parisius domus sancti Jacobi et fratres missi sunt in Bononiam.



obiit Valerius archiepiscopus Upsalensis, et W. rex Dacie profectus est in Estoniam cum exercitu.



occisus est Karolus episcopus Lincopensis, et Karolus dux in Rotalum. Jerusalem rapitur a Christianis.



missi sunt fratres in Angliam eodem anno. Anglis obiit Berengaria regina Danorum, mater Erici, Abel et Cristofori, et eodem anno obiit beatus Dominicus.



obiit Johannes rex Swecie.



capitur rex W. et filius eius dolo.






solvitur rex W.



obiit beatus Fransiscus.



Dani capti sunt apud Brunnulum et rex Waldemarus fugatus amisit unum oculum.



obierunt Andreas et Petrus archiepiscopi Lundis.



bellum fuit in Olostrum. Eclipsis solis. Ericus fugit in Daciam. Jerusalem recuperatur a Christianis. Offo consecratus est in archiepiscopum Lundensem.



coronatus est rex Ericus Dacie et factus est frater eius dux Jucis.



obiit beatus Dominicus et translatus est, et eodem anno obiit Olavus Basatømare.



combustum est warnem, obiit W. episcopus Slæsvicensis.






consecratus est dominus Jarlerus in archiepiscopum Upsalensem et combusta est Østra Aros prima vice.



obiit Benedictus episcopus Lincopensis, magister Jordanus in mari Gerosolimitano submergitur, interfeccio Nordmannorum in Skanør venit, et conventus Sictuniam et Skæningiam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


translatus est beatus Vilelminus, obiit Rano frater primus provincialis Dacie. Electus magister ordinis Reymundus qui compilavit decretales novas, sub papa Gregorio ad summam casuum, et translatus est beatus Fransiscus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


venit conventus Skaris, et in Slæsvik. Ericus rex Dacie duxit filiam ducis Saxonie.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


factus est frater Johannes Theotonicus magister ordinis, obit W. rex Dacii.



passi sunt apud Awiniam pro fide catholica, fratres predicatores et minores in nocte assensionis.



venit conventus Lodhosiam et Kalmarniam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


nupcie facte sunt regis Erici et Laurencius Ostgotorum legifer rapuit sororem regine Swecie, et venit conventus Arosiam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


obiit Suno Folkonis, et eodem anno communitas rusticorum Uplandie Sparsætrum amisit victoriam libertatis sue et inposite sunt eis spannale et skypuiste et honera plura.



obiit Thomas, episcopus Finlandensis, decollatus est Hongerus, obiit, dux Ulpho, conventus venit Ravaliam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


venit conventus Finlandiam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


obiit rex Ericus tercius Swecie, et electus in regem W. eodem anno occisus est rex Dacie, in vigilia beati Laurencii.



Valdemarus consecratus est in regem Lincopie decollati sunt Philippus et Kanutus filii domine K. filie regis Erici secundi.



beatus Petrus martyrizatus est apud Mediolanum de ordine fratrum predicatorum, obiit K. regina Svecie, obiit frater Johannes episcopus et magister ordinis, Abel rex Dacie interfectus est Christoforus rex factus.



beatus Petrus canonizatus est, consilium regum in Gulberg habitum.



obiit domina Ingiburgis ducissa Suecie, et natus est Benedictus secundus episcopus Lincopensis dux Finlandie.



obiit Valerius episcopus, et sepultus apud fratres Sictunie. Electus frater Laurencius in archiepiscopum, eodem anno combusta est Sictunia.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


consecratus est Laurencius frater in archiepiscopum, obiit prior Lambertus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


obiit Laurencius episcopus Lincopensis.



nupcie regis W. et regine Sophie, et capitulum provinciale Sictunie primo.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


defunctus est domicellus primogenitus Ericus filius W. et regine Sophie, sepultus apud fratres Sictunie, obiit prior provincialis frater Absalon, institutus frater Agus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


regina Rykita nupta est in Slaviam, obiit domina Ragnildis uxor domini Magni legiferi Osgotorum, et Hugo cardinalis.



electus est in magistrum frater Johannes Lumbardus.



obiit Birgerus dux Swecie secundus, combusta est Østra Aros.



obiit frater Laurencius archiepiscopus.



venit conventus Strængenesiam.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


eclipsis solis contigit in dominica letare circa horam primam, obiit rex Francie Lodvicus.



celebratum consilium generale Lugduno sub papa Gregorio decimo, ubi ab eodem confirmatus in episcopum Upsalensem filius Jo. Angeli.



venit conventus Helsingiaborgh et Holbæk, et combusta est Wæxio a Danis, celebratum capitulum Scaris, prelium habitum est in Howum, obiit domicellus Ericus dux dominus Magnus in regem electus est.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


dominus Magnus consecratus in regem Upsalie. Incensa est ecclesia Wexio per regem W. Dacie.



intravit rex Ericus Dacie Sweciam volens juvare Waldemarum. Vesgociam intrans venit Absavall, qui facta suorum quadam distraccione apud Eteghe cum scandalo recessit. Eodem anno, reconciliati dominus Magnus rex et dominus Waldemarus, quod W. haberet Vesgociam et Osgociam et dominus Magnus rex haberet superiores partes et ipse rex diceretur et non W.



captus est Gerardus comes Hulsacie per dominum Johannem Philippi et obcessum est castrum Junacopie per eundem dominum Johannem Philippi.



obiit rex Magnus Norwegie. Electus in regem filius suus Ericus, celebratum est capitulum Asloe in Norwegia.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


obiit Jacobus archiepiscopus Upsaliensis. Celebratum capitulum Wysby, obiit dominus Ulpho Karlsson. Eodem anno obiit dominus Gotthormus legifer Olandie.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


obiit Hinricus episcopus Lincopensis, ultra mare. Et guerra fuit inter Noricos et Libicenses, et ceteras maritimas civitates, et electus in regem Swecie Birgerus filius regis Magni, et Ericus frater eius factus est dux, sed ambo essent parvuli.



consilium regum in Gunbærgshedh habitum ubi treuge facte sunt inter Norricos et Libicenses et ceteros Theothonicos usque ad festum Mikaelis, eodem anno dominus Alverus multas naves cepit, et multas villas Dacie spoliavit, et electus est in episcopum Bono canonicus post festum Mikaelis bellum fuit inter regem Francie et Arrogonum et multi ibi corruerunt.



obiit Bono episcopus Lincopensis, electus dominus Benedictus frater regis Sweorum in episcopum Lincopensem et consecratus est Stocholmis et celebravit Lincopie, eodem anno cassato domino Johanne Adulphi, est electus in archiepiscopum dominus Magnus canonicus Upsalensis et consecratus Lundis, et Sophia regina obiit. Capitulum Sictunie est habitum, et electus frater Olavus in provincialem, frater Johannes prior Sictuniensis electus est in episcopum Aboensem et statutum est apud Stocholmis quod fratribus ignitum non portetur secundum antiquam conswetudinem Sweorum, item quod dicitur ormynd secundum leges Osgotorum, heredes repetere possint infra triennium. Anno eodem dolose interfectus est Ericus rex Dacie, filius Christophori, nam accidit ipsum regem venacionis causa, apud oppidum quoddam hospitari, cumque in horreo quodam aperto hostio accubuisset et extincta candela, septem viri latenter super eum intraverunt et ipsum ibi interfecerunt eodem anno, natus est Benedictus legifer Osgotorum. Anno eodem dominus Alf dominum episcopum Asloensem Norwegie interfecit, propter quod insecutus a Normannis, cum resistere non auderet dereliquid suos et cum paucis, in Vesgociam fugit, et ibi genibus flexis veniam petens, gracie domini regis se commisit. Anno eodem mortuus est Ascerus episcopus Wexionensis, electus et consecratus est dominus Bovo canonicus ibidem.



[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


frater Geronimus minister fratrum minorum generalis electus est in papam et consecratus est in mense Februario, et dictus est Nicholaus quartus. Anno eodem in mense Marcio rapuit dominus Folko filius domini Algoti legiferi Osogotorum.




Annales 980-1286

Annales 980-1286 is a yearbook covering the period 980-1286, although particularly 1131-1286. The first half of the annals, covering the twelfth century, reveals close relations to e.g. the Cistercian Annales Ryenses, whereas the second half contains a number of entries of Dominican interest; Dacian-Dominican entries are only found in the period 1260-86. Thus, the yearbook is traditionally thought to have been written or compiled in a Dominican convent in Denmark in the middle of the 1280s; according to Ellen Jørgensen “ a man interested in peculiar astronomical phenomena…”, whom by Erik Kroman was suggested allocated to the convent of Ribe, due to a reference of 1284 on the collapse of the cathedral tower in Ribe (Jørgensen 1920, 32-33; Kroman 1980, 16). This interpretation has, however, been challenged by Jarl Gallén, who pointed out that the dates in Annales 980-1286 are so systematically erroneous, that the preserved yearbook is most likely a much later compilation, probably of the sixteenth century, based among others one a Dominican source, but hardly compiled by a Friar Preacher itself, since some of its mistaken dates on basic Dominican history are simply too obvious for any Dominican compiler (Gallén 1940, 37-38 and 40). Apart from the dating, the Dominican entries too a large part coincide with Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses, but Annales 980-1286 also know that Fr. Augustin became prior provincial in 1285 and that King Magnus was present at the provincial chapter in 1286; this information may origin from an alternative, now lost version of one of the other two annals. A manuscript kept at the Copenhagen University Library was lost in a fire in 1728. Another – now also lost - manuscript or transcript from the sixteenth century, allegedly made by Cornelius Hamsfort, was published by Jacob Langebek in Scriptores Rerum Danicarum vol. II, 433, Copenhagen 1773. Based on Langebeks transcript, the yearbook has been republished by Claudius Annerstedt in Scriptores Rerum Svecicarum vol. III:1, 104, Stockholm 1876; Ellen Jørgensen in Annales Danici, 192-194, Copenhagen 1920; and by Erik Kroman in Danmarks middelalderlige annaler no. 16, 268-273, Copenhagen 1980.


The annals are here only reproduced from the year 1215 onwards.

The passages concerning the Order of Preachers itself are presented in black, the rest in grey tone.

For further comments on the Dacian-Dominican passages, use the links in the right column to the Diplomatarium OP Dacie online.




Natus est Ericus filius Waldemari, filii Valdemari primi. Petrus filius Jacobi factus est episcopus Roschildensis.

[Note 1]


Ordo prædicatorum est confirmatus. Obiit comes Nicolaus.

[Note 2]


Obiit imperator Otto. Waldemarus juit in Estoniam cum exercitu.

[Note 3]


Missi sunt fratres predicatorum Bononiam a beato Dominico.

[Note 4]


Obiit Beringera, regina Daciæ.

[Note 5]


Cardinalis fuit in Dacia. Transitus beati Dominici.

[Note 6]


Captus est Waldemarus cum filio suo a comite Henrico in Lyth.

[Note 7]


Magister Jordanus electus est.

[Note 8]


Obiit episcopus Petrus filius Jacobi.

[Note 9]


Redierunt ambo reges.



Dani corruerunt apud Bornehoffid in die Mariæ Magdalenæ.

[Note 10]


Obiit Andreas archiepiscopus et Petrus archiepiscopus.

[Note 11]


Jerusalem capitur a Christianis.



Otto cardinalis fuit in Dania. Ecclipsis solis.

[Note 12]


Obiit Waldemarus junior et uxor Eleonora.

[Note 13]


Ericus rex coronatur. Offo archiepiscopus consecratur, et rex Sueciæ etiam.

[Note 14]


Ecclesiæ Lundensis et Roschildensis incendio vastantur.



Translatio beati Dominici.



Obiit Waldemarus episcopus in Luca.

[Note 15]


Dux Abel ducit filiam Adolphi. Obiit magister Jordanus.

[Note 16]


Translatio sancti Wilhelmi. Norici corruerunt in Schanør.

[Note 17]


Jerusalem capitur a paganis.

[Note 18]


Schulo, dux Norvegiæ, occiditur cum filio.

[Note 19]


Obiit secundus Waldemarus rex Daciæ, pater Waldemari, Erici, Abelis, Christophori et Kanuti 5. kal. Aprilis. Eodem anno combustum est claustrum totum Ringstadiæ et villa. Ecclipsis lunæ facta est et solis circa meridiem, et apparuit stella juxta solem. Vacabat sedes Waldemari.

[Note 20]


Combustum est claustrum beatæ virginis Roschildiæ. Regnum divisum inter filios Waldemari.

[Note 21]


Rex Ericus duxit exercitum contra fratrem Abelem.



Nuncius domini papæ mittitur in Daciam. Expeditio facta est in Revaliam.



Obiit Jacobus Sunonis. Fugit Nicolaus episcopus. Concilium generale.

[Note 22]


Sore combusta. Folkenne corruerunt.

[Note 23]


Capta est Ripis ab Abele.



Obiit episcopus Nicolaus exul in Claravalle.

[Note 24]



[Note 25]


Ericus, rex Danorum, occiditur. Abel coronatur. Obiit Olaus pincerna.



Obiit Fridericus imperator. Comes Nicolaus. Episcopus Gunnerus Vibergensis.

[Note 26]


Rex Abel occiditur. Christophorus coronatur. Obiit Uffo archiepiscopus.



Svineburg et Schelschiør capitur. Obiit beatus Petrus martir.

[Note 27]


Jacobus factus episcopus Lundensis et Petrus Roskildensis.

[Note 28]


Norici incenderunt Hallandiam. Lex clavarum.

[Note 29]


Rex Dacie et Suecie pacificati sunt in Haffn.



Rex Ericus translatus est Ringstad.

[Note 30]


Bellum fuit Kutzetorp inter Christophorum et rusticos.



Bellum fuit Nestvid. Obiit Christophorus.



Obiit Absalon provincialis. Interiit Jarimarus.

[Note 31]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Bellum fuit Lohet, capti rex et regina et multi.



Regina rediit. Eclipsis solis.



Petrus Findzen et Ivarus suspensi sunt.



Rex liberatur. Arveschau subvertitur.



Guido cardinalis fuit in Dacia. Obiit Birgerus, dux Suecie.

[Note 32]


Alium substituentes. Benedictus fuit in Dacia nuncius domini pape pro decima colligenda. Conventus venit Helsingborch et Holbek.

[Note 33]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Obiit Jacobus archiepiscopus.

[Note 34]


Concilium Lugdunis. Obiit frater Thomas.

[Note 35]


Dani percusserunt Suecos; regem destituentes.

[Note 36]


Frater P[etrus] ordinis predicatorum electus est in papam et mortuus est.

[Note 37]


Obiit episcopus Stigotus, espicopus Roskild[ensis], et electus est Ingvarus.

[Note 38]


Ecclesia sancti Lucii combusta est die sancti Ruffi. Signum mirabile visum est quasi draco in multis terris.

[Note 39]


Corruit turris ecclesiæ beatæ virginis Ripis. Et impeditus rex Daciæ ab introitu Jutiæ.

[Note 40]


Dominus papa Martinus obiit, et dominus Onorius creatus. Et magister ordinis electus frater Mu[n]io Hyspanus et [Arlottus Pratensis] minister generalis ordinis minorum fratrum. Et eodem anno Normanni intraverunt et multas villas forenses destruxerunt. Obiit frater Acho prior provincialis Dacie. Captus Waldemarus dux a rege Erico Helsingburgiæ. Tunder destructa est.

[Note 41]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie] 


Capitulum fuit Syctuniæ, et frater Johannes tunc prior domus illius factus est episcopus Findlandensis ibidem presente domino rege Magno, et prior Roskildensis frater Olaus factus est prior provincialis ibidem. In vigilia omnium sanctorum visum est signum mirabile quasi tres soles, et qui erat ultimus ascendit in medium coeli et factus quasi iris. Parum post rex Daciæ Ericus occisus est a suis turpissime in lecto suo de nocte juxta Vibergium in nocte beatæ Ceciliæ virginis.

[Note 42]   [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Notes to Annales 980-1286:

[1] Erroneously dated. King Erik IV Plovpenning of Denmark, son of King Valdemar II, was born in 1216. It is uncertain exactly what year Peder Jakobsen became bishop of Roskilde; according to Annales Dano-Suecani, it happened in 1214.

[2] Erroneously dated. The Order of Preachers was confirmed by Pope Honorius III in 1216. It was due to obviously mistaken dates like this that Jarl Gallén found it hard to believe that the yearbook in its preserved form could be Dominican, rather a secular compilation based (although inaccurately) on - among others – Dominican sources (Gallén 1940, 37-38). Count Niels I of Halland was married in 1217, died in 1218-19.

[3] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas Emperor Otto IV did in fact die in 1218, the campaign of King Valdemar II of Denmark to Estonia did not take place until 1219 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses).

[4] Erroneously dated. St. Dominic sent friars to Bologna in 1218 (as stated in Annales Skeningenses).

[5] Erroneously dated. Queen Berengaria of Denmark, wife of King Valdemar II, died in 1221 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses).

[6] Erroneously dated. Cardinal Gregorius de Crescentia did not come to Denmark until 1222 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani).

[7] Erroneously dated. King Valdemar II of Denmark and his son, Prince Valdemar the Young, were captured by Count Heinrich de Schwerin in 1223 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses).

[8] Erroneously dated. Fr. Jordan of Saxony was elected master general of the Order of Preachers in 1222. This is not mentioned in any of the extant Dominican annals of Dacia. The entry may be based on Chronica posterior: “1222. (…) electus est frater Jordanis in magistrum.”

[9] Erroneously dated. Bishop Peder Jakobsen of Roskilde died in 1225 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani).

[10] Erroneously dated. The battle of Bornhøved near Segeberg in Holstein, where King Valdemar II of Denmark lost to a north-German coalition, took place on 22 July 1227 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses, although without stating the exact day, which Annales 980-1286 has correct).

[11] Erroneously dated. Archbishops Anders Sunesen and Peder Saxesen of Lund both died in 1228 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses). Anders Sunesen had resigned office in 1223 due to leprosy. His was followed as archbishop by Peder Saxesen.

[12] Erroneously dated. The solar eclipse is also dated to 1229 in Annales Skeningenses, but 1230 in Annales Dano-Suecani.

[13] Erroneously dated. Prince Valdemar the Young and his wife Eleonora both died in 1231 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani).

[14] Erroneously dated. Erik IV Plovpenning was crowned co-king of Denmark under his father Valdemar II in 1232 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses). Uffe Thrugotsen was elected archbishop of Lund in 1229 (as stated in Annales Skeningenses).

[15] Erroneously dated. Valdemar, bishop of Slesvig 1184-1191 and archbishop of Bremen 1207-17, died in 1236 in the Cistercian Loccum Abbey in Germany.

[16] Erroneously dated. Duke Abel of Slesvig was married to Mecthilde, daughter of count Adolf IV of Holstein, in 1237; the same year as Fr. Jordan of Saxony died (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses).

[17] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas a Norwegian army did attack Skanør in eastern Denmark in 1237, the translation of the relics of St. Vilhelm (an Augustinian abbot of Æbelholt Abbey in Denmark) took place in 1238 (as both stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses).

[18] Erroneously dated. The ten-year truce between Emperor Friedrich II and the Muslims, which gave Christians access to Jerusalem, ended in 1239.

[19] Erroneously dated. The Norwegian Earl Skule Bårdsson was killed in 1240.

[20] Partly erroneously dated. King Valdemar II Sejr died in 1241 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses). The monastery in Ringsted was Benedictine.

[21] Roskilde Our Lady Monastery was a Cistercian nunnery.

[22] Partly erroneously dated. Jakob Sunesen died in 1246 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani). It is unclear what is meant with the entry on “Concilium generale”; in 1245, the general chapter of the Order of Preachers was held in Cologne (and in Paris 1246).

[23] Partly erroneously dated. “Folkenne” refers to Folkungar, a political party in opposition to the Swedish king, who was defeated by a royal army at Sparrsätra in 1247 (as stated in Annales Skeningenses).

[24] Erroneously dated. Bishop Niels Stigsen of Roskilde died in 1249 in Clairvaux (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani). He had been living in exile since 1245 due to a conflict with King Erik IV Plovpenning of Denmark.

[25] It is unclear what is meant with this entry. It may refer to King Venceslaus/Vaclav I of Bohemia, who died in 1253.

[26] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas Count Niels II of Halland and Bishop Gunner of Viborg did indeed die in 1251, Emperor Friedrich II of the Holy Roman Empire died in 1250.

[27] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas battles at Svendborg and Skælskør in 1253 between King Christoffer I of Denmark and the supporters of the late King Abel are confirmed by Annales Dano-Suecani, St. Peter Martyr OP was killed in 1252 and canonized in 1253 (as stated in Annales Skeningenses).

[28] Here, the yearbook is correct, as Jakob Erlandsen was elected archbishop of Lund in 1254, whereas Annales Dano-Suecani erroneously has 1253. Jakob was elected bishop of Roskilde in 1249, where he was replaced in 1254 by Peder Skjalmsen bang.

[29] Partly erroneously dated. King Håkon VI Magnusson attacked Halland in 1256.

[30] Erroneously dated. The mortal remains of King Erik IV Plovpenning (†1250) were moved to the Benedictine abbey church in Ringsted in 1258, where his brother, King Christopher I, wanted to endorse a saintly cult around him. Originally, King Erik was buried in the church of the Friars Preachers in Slesvig, from where he was moved to Slesvig cathedral, before going to Ringsted in 1258.

[31] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas Prince Jaromar did die in 1260, Fr. Absalon, Dominican prior provincial of Dacia, died in 1261 (as stated in Annales Dano-Suecani and Annales Skeningenses). [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]

[32] Partly erroneously dated. Whereas Cardinal legate Guido did go to Denmark in 1265, the Swedish Earl Birger died in 1266 (as stated in Annales Skeningenses).

[33] Probably erroneously dated. According to Annales Skeningenses, the convent foundations in Helsingborg and Holbæk took place in 1275, which for Holbæk is confirmed even more detailed in Annales Petri Olavi. That the chronicler – or transcriber – of Annales 980-1286 has mistaken 1275 for 1269 is supported by the preceding entry on the papal tithe collector. No nuncius of the name Benedict is known in Scandinavia in these years, so most likely Benedictus is yet another mistake for Bertrandus Amalrici, who was in Denmark and Sweden in the years 1274-82 to collect a crusade tithe, which had been decided at the Second Council of Lyon in 1274 (Gallén 1940, 39 note 1). [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]

[34] Erroneously dated. Archbishop Jakob Erlandsen of Lund died in 1274.

[35] Fr. Thomas Aquinas OP (†1274). The general chapter of the Order of Preachers was indeed held in Lyon 1274.

[36] Probably erroneously dated. The entry probably refers to a military campaign in 1277 by King Erik V Klipping of Denmark into Sweden in order to engage in a Swedish power struggle.

[37] Fr. Peter of Tarentaise OP was elected pope on 21 January 1276, took papal name as Innocent V, and died on 22 June 1276.

[38] Erroneously dated. Bishop Stig of Roskilde died in 1280, where he was replaced by Ingvar Hjort.

[39] The Church of St. Lucius is the cathedral in Roskilde, which was ravaged by a fire in 1282.

[40] The Church of Our Lady is the cathedral in Ribe.

[41] Apparently, all entries are here correctly dated! Fr. Munio de Zamora OP was elected master general of the Order in 1285, and a new prior provincial was elected in 1286. [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]

[42] All controllable entries for this year are dated correctly. The Dominican information is verified by Annales Skeningenses, although Annales 980-1286 to this can add that King Magnus Ladulås of Sweden was present at the provincial chapter in Sigtuna and that Fr. Oluf, the new prior provincial, had until then been prior of the convent in Roskilde. [Diplomatarium OP Dacie]



Ex Annales 266-1430

Annales 266-1430 or Chronologia ab anno 266 ad 1430 (in older literature also known as ‘the younger Annales Sigtunenses’) is a yearbook covering the period 266-1430, particularly 1130-1412; one page of the yearbook, containing entries for the period 1200-1252, is missing in the preserved manuscript. Whereas the last entry for the year 1430 seems to be a later addition, the rest of the yearbook appears to have been written by one single compiler, by Göte Paulsson suggested identified as Nils Birgersson (†1436), dean at the cathedral chapter in Strängnäs around 1390-1420 (Paulsson 1974, 63-82). Although apparently not Dominican itself, the yearbook contains 16 entries on Dominican issues, mainly concerned with the convents in Sigtuna, Skänninge and Strängnäs. The ones from before 1288 closely coincide with entries in Annales Skeningenses, but in several cases they have more detailed information about the individual events (for the years 1255, 1260, 1261, 1281 and 1282). For the period after 1288, the yearbook has five Dominican entries not recorded elsewhere (for the years 1289, 1336, 1341, 1352 and 1401). Altogether this suggests that the compiler had access to a now lost continuation of the Annales Skeningenses, perhaps kept at the Dominican priory in Strängnäs. The Annales 266-1430 is preserved in original in a compilation (B 17) from the fifteenth century, mainly of juridical content, kept at the National Library of Sweden. It has been published by E.M. Fant in Scriptores Rerum Suecicarum medii ævi vol. I:1 no. 12, 22-32, Uppsala 1818; and by Göte Paulsson in Annales Suecici medii aevi, 275-292, Lund 1974.


Only the entries including information on the Order of Preachers are reproduced here.

The passages concerning the Order of Preachers are presented in black, the rest in grey tone.

For further comments on and Danish translations of the Dacian-Dominican passages, use the links in the right column to the Diplomatarium OP Dacie online.





[The page containing the first part of the first extant Dominican entry is missing.]

… martirizatus est apud Mediolanum de ordine fratrum predicatorum. Obiit domina Katerina regina Sweorum. Eodem anno Abel rex Dacie interfectus est. Christoforus rex factus est. Bellum in Skanør et bellum apud Hærwæzaa.



Beatus Petrus coronatus [canonizatus?] est et translatus. Anno eodem bellum in Gulbærghhedh habitum fuit.



Obiit dominus Jarlerus archiepiscopus Upsalensis ∙viii∙ kalendas semptembris. Sepultus est in ecclesia beate Virginis Sikthonie apud fratres predicatores juxta altare ad partem aquilonarem. Electus frater Laurencius in archiepiscopum. Sikthonia combusta.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Nupcie Waldemari regis et Sophie. Capitulum celebratum Sictonie. Obiit frater Eskillus et Godhwinus lector Sikthonensis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Defunctus est domicellus Ericus primogenitus Waldemari regis et sepultus in presbiterio fratrum predicatorum Sikthonie ante altare. Obiit frater Absolon prior provincialis et institutus frater Augustinus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Conventus in Strængianæs.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Celebratum est concilium [capitulum?] generale Lugduno Gallie sub papa Gregorio decimo. Ab eodem confirmatus est in archiepiscopum Upsalensem dominus Folko filius Johannis Angeli.



Obiit Jacobus archiepiscopus Upsalensis. Eodem anno obiit Ulpho Karlsson et sepultus est Skæningie. Obiit Folko dapifer.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Obiit venerabilis pater dominus Henricus episcopus Lyncopensis. Eodem anno electus dominus Bovo, confirmatus et consecratus. Obiit Ingridis Skæningie.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Electus Benedictus secundus in episcopum Lyncopensem frater regis Swecie. Capitulum provinciale celebratum Sikthonie. Electus in episcopum Aboensem frater Johannes prior Sikthonie. Eodem anno obiit regina Sophia. Interfectus Ericus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Obiit domina Sighridis uxor domini Benedicti legifer Osgotorum, sepulta apud fratres Skæningenses. Eodem anno obiit dominus Magnus archiepiscopus Upsalensis. Eodem anno miles factus rex Birgerus filius regis Magni et dux de Brunswik apud Stokholm.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Obierunt frater Johannes electus Upsalensis et Benedictus Lyncopensis frater domini Magni regis et dominus Anundus Strængiænensis et Boetius Wexionensis episcopi.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Coronatus est rex Magnus filius Erici ducis Stokholm cum regina Blanka, quam duxit de Flandria, et capitulum predicatorum fuit Siktunie in assumpcione beate Virginis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Obiit frater Petrus Philippi ordinis predicatorum archiepiscopus Upsalensis, cui successit dominus Hemingus prepositus Arosiensis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Fuit magnus ventus in civitate Strengyanæs ita quod turris ceciderit de ecclesia cathedrali et turris predicatorum ibidem ac alia mirabilia.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Rex Ericus quintus pertransiit regnum Swecie promittens se justum judicem futurum et pacem et leges patrie observaturum. Eodem anno obiit venerabilis pater dominus Thordo episcopus Strengnensis circa festum Mathie et uxor domini Ivari Niclisson nomine Margareta et sepulta ad moniales Skæningie.


[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]




Ex Annales Petri Olavi OFM

Annales Petri Olavi OFM is a constructed name for the annalistic part of a chronicle included in Fr. Petrus Olavi OFM’s Collectanea, supposedly written around 1533-34. Fr. Petrus Olavi († c. 1570) was a Friar Minor originating from Sonnerup on Sjælland, Denmark, and affiliated to the Franciscan convent in Roskilde until the Reformation. The Collectanea is a compilation of various ecclesiastical chronicles, lists and notes, especially concerning the Order of Friars Minor and the cathedral chapter of Roskilde. Among these is a nameless chronicle (by its first publisher Langebek termed Petri Olai Minoritæ Roskildensis Annales Rerum Danicarum) on the history of Denmark (fols. 15-39 and 68-81), which in its original form stops in the mid-fourteenth century, but with its numerous additions in the margins – apparently made by the author himself – the chronicle goes all the way up to the time of the Reformation. Especially these marginal notes, along with entries in the main text starting from the twelfth century, have alltogether the form of a traditional yearbook. The sources for most of the entries can be identified as older, wellknown annals and chronicles, but in addition to that, several entries have information no longer preserved elsewhere, for which Petrus Olavi must have had access to now lost written sources. Among these seems to have been a Dominican yearbook or record concerning the Order’s convents on Sjælland and, to a less extent, in Skåne and Jylland. One may speculate that this source could have originated from the Dominican convent in Roskilde, alternatively in Lund, and that Fr. Petrus Olavi had been given access to it in order to write a joint Franciscan-Dominican defence for the two mendicant orders’ historical position in Denmark, possibly to be presented at a planned church synod in 1534 (which was, however, never held) during the most turbulent years of the Lutheran Reformation (Rasmussen 1976, 35 and 73; Jakobsen 2008, 19). The Collectanea is preserved in original and kept at the Arnamagnæan Collection, University of Copenhagen (AM Ms. 107, 8vo). The full chronicle in question is published by J. Langebek in Scriptores Rerum Danicarum vol. I, Copenhagen 1772, pp. 171-197; while the annalistic part for the period 1104-1495 is published chronologically by E. Jørgensen in Annales Danici medii ævi, Copenhagen 1920, pp. 206-211 (with introduction 203-205).


Only the entries including information on the Order of Preachers are reproduced here.

The passages concerning the Order of Preachers are presented in black, the rest in grey tone.

For further comments on and Danish translations of the Dacian-Dominican passages, use the links in the right column to the Diplomatarium OP Dacie online.



Hic Andreas sanctus erat et fecit miracula. Hic etiam dedit fratribus predicatoribus Lundis curiam suam cum capella circa annos Domini 1221. Et fundator est conventus Lundensis, qui primus omnium est illius ordinis in regnis aquilonis. Eodem anno obiit beatus Dominicus.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Et missus est conventus fratrum predicatorum de domo Lundensi ad domum Ripensem scilicet anno Domini 1228.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Predicatores venerunt Roskildis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Missus est conventus fratrum predicatorum Roskildis. Et Lundensis ecclesia combusta est. Et Kanutus tirannus in Suetia obiit.

Ecclesie Lucii Roskildis et Laurentii Lundis incendio perierunt, et Kanutus tirannus obiit.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Fratres predicatores domum in Wartingborg ceperunt edificare. Soror Agnes se reddidit religioni, qui fuit filia Erici regis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Ericus filius Christofori electus est in regem. Dedicatio ecclesia sancte Katerine fratrum predicatorum Roskildis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]


Missus fuit conventus in Holbek crastino Prothi et Jacincti. Sequenti anno 18 die aprilis consecratum est cimiterium fratrum ibidem per episcopum Petrum Roskildensem.

Fundatur conventus Holbeccensis.

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Incensum est claustrum fratrum predicatorum Lundis et magna pars ville.

Crastino Agapti combusta fuit domus fratrum predicatorum et tota civitas Holbeccensis.

[Diplomatarium OP Dacie]

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Predicatores habuerunt locum Helsingburgis.

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Ecclesia fratrum predicatorum in Holbeck edificata est per istum Christoferum regem. Et consecrata est per episcopum Nicolaum Burglanensem in festo assumptionis beate virginis 1323.

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Ingeburgis, ducissa Suecie, Hallandie, Holbec, Samsiø 1330 et 1336 dedit fratribus predicatoribus Roskildis in testamento pro reparatione ecclesie et emendatione mense 100 marcas puri argenti, et pro reparatione claustri 60 marchas puri argenti anno Domini 1350

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Habuerunt predicatores locum Helsingore.

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Gallén, Jarl (1940): ‘Dominikanerna och den medeltida annalistiken i Danmark och Sverige’, in: Historisk tidskrift för Finland vol. 25 (1940), 27-43 and 103-126.

Jakobsen, Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig (2008): Prædikebrødrenes samfundsrolle i middelalderens Danmark, PhD-dissertation, University of Southern Denmark.

Jørgensen, Ellen (1920): Annales Danici medii ævi, Copenhagen.

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Paulsson, Göte (1974): Annales Suecici medii aevi - Svensk medeltidsannalistik, Lund.

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Schück, Adolf (1952): ‘Studier i »Skänninge-annalerna«’, in: (Swedish) Historisk tidskrift vol. 72 (1952), 36-48.




Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia

Johnny G.G. Jakobsen, Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen

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