In 983, the Danes reconquered the southern Schleswig area from the Germans. Some sites claim that the Danes conquered Holstein as well during this invasion and even sacked Hamburg in cooperation with the Slavs. Is is this true ? In particular, is there any evidence to support the sack of Holstein and Hamburg?

  • For how long did the Danes hold it?
  • Why weren't the Germans able to counter the Danish advance? apparently Otto 2 had taken Danevirke in 974, so it seems odd that in 10 years time the tide had turned totally against the Germans? was it simply a matter of good leadership?
  • Were the battle/battles that took place during the reconquest of Hedeby 983 a lot of skirmishes or a big battle which crushed the German influence in the Schleswig area?
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    Please cite references "some sites on the net" and use sentences, punctuation and grammar. This is tough to read. Could you clarify what is the question?? – Mark C. Wallace Jul 13 '18 at 17:07
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/983 Standard wiki sources seem to answer the why part: Otto was occupied in Italy and died by the end of the year, while the great Slav rising caused further problems to the Germans – b.Lorenz Jul 13 '18 at 17:36
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    Hamburg was taken by the Obrodites, not the Danes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…, but apparently not held. – b.Lorenz Jul 13 '18 at 17:38
  • Do we have any material on the battles which took place around hedeby in 983? – 919 Jul 13 '18 at 17:45
  • And why didnt the germans under otto 3 simply push the danes back and reconquer hedeby from them like his father had done? – 919 Jul 13 '18 at 17:46

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