Conrad Bote's
The Saxon Chronicle
Cronecken der Sassen
The Saxon Chronicle is the last large piece printed by  Peter Schöffer , an employee of Johannes Gutenberg . Sometimes designated as the "Lower Saxon Picture Chronicle" or Cronicon Picturatum, it is extensively illustrated with 1,255 woodcuts.  Possible authors of this work are both Conrad Bote and his relative Hermann Bote. The author is not named.  Written in Middle Low German, the Saxon Chronicle combines elements of a world chronicle with the provincial, diocesan and urban historiography of Saxon history up to the year 1489.  Characteristic of world chronicles it contains basic information on the Biblical Creation story and the Fall of Man, but also Saxon myths and tribal origins. Covering the Mark Brandenburg and the cities of Bremen, Halberstadt, Hildesheim, Lübeck and Magdeburg, there are records of city, diocese and religious institutions, genealogies of noble families, and episcopal catalogs.  Also recorded are the heroic deeds of princes, battles, sieges, riots, epidemics and local traditions.

The Full Collection of Images can be found at
Bayerische Staats Bibliothek

See Trogillus Arnkiel's  Cimbrish Heathen-Religion 
for details concerning the origins of these illustrations.

The Saxon God Irminsule


North German Gods

Prono of Oldenburg / Ridegast of Mecklenburg  / Siwe of Polaber

The God Flyns
This is the first known reference to the god Flyns or Flynt, whom Richard Verstegan in Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605), describes thus:
"The Idoll FLYNT, who had that name for his being set upon a great Flint stone. This idoll was made like the Image of death, and naked, save onely a sheete about him. In his right hand he held a torch, or as they termed it, a fire blase. On his head a Lyon rested his two fore-feet, standing with the one of his hinder feet upon his left shoulder, and with the other in his hand; which to support, he lifted up as high as his shoulder.

The Moon
The first known image of the Moon, which became the basis of the diety representing Monday among the so-called Seven Saxon Gods, illustrated in Richard Verstegan's Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605). He described the Moon thus:
"The forme of this Idoll seemeth very strange, and ridiculous, for being made for a woman shee hath a short coat like a man: but more strange it is to see her hood with such two long eares. The holding of a Moone before her breast may seeme to have beene to expresse what she is, but the reason of her chapron with long eares, as also of her short coat, and pyked shooes, I doe not finde."

The God Crodo
The first and only source for the existence of a god named Crodo. Introduced here, Crodo went on to personify Saturday in Richard Verstegan's Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605). Of him, Verstegan writes:

"The last to make up here number of seven, was the Idoll SEATER, fondly of some supposed to be Saturnus, for he was otherwise called CRODO, this goodly god stood to be adored in such manner as here this picture doth shew him."

A deity named Crodo or Crodus is mentioned by several writers: Albinus, in his Novce Saxonum Historiue Progymnasmata, thus describes him :

"Crodus is an old man, in the form of a reaper, standing with naked feet upon a little fish, called a perch. He was clad in a white tunic, with a linen girdle, in his left handa wheel, in his right a small vessel filled with water in which floated roses and every sort of garden-fruit. The picture is in the Brunswick Chronicle."

Venus in her Wagon