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Godebold of Meissen

Godebold of Meissen

Bischof von Meißen
The basics
Occupations Bishop Priest
Gender male
Birth January 1, 1100
Death August 31, 1140
The details

Godebold of Meissen, also noted as Godebald, Godewald, Gottwald, Goswald, Gotthold, Gotthard, Gerhold or Gorhold (died 31 August 1140), was Bishop of Meissen from 1119 to 1140.


Older lists of bishops add a Bishop Berthold as the successor of Herwig, but there is no documentary evidence of him. Machatschek therefore follows Gersdorf in regarding Godebold as the immediate successor of Herwig.

Other old lists include a Bishop Grambert between Herwig and Godebold, but this is a chronological and transcription error for Godebold's successor, Bishop Reinward.

Godebold was enthroned by the then Archbishop of Magdeburg, Rudgar of Veltheim, and was on friendly terms with Rudgar's successor, Saint Norbert of Xanten, supporting him loyally during an uprising and through his persecution in Magdeburg.

At a diocesan synod in 1130 hosted by Godebold, the Margrave Conrad I of Meissen was present with his sons Otto, later Otto II of Meissen, Dietrich, later Margrave of Lusatia, Henry, later Henry I of Wettin, Dedi, later Dedi III of Lusatia, and Frederick, later Frederick I of Brehna.

Godebold rebuilt the old Meissen Cathedral, the converted castle chapel, in 1130 as a Romanesque basilica with four towers (entirely replaced by the present Gothic cathedral 100 years later). During his episcopate several foundations of monasteries took place.

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