The Glomacze, also Golomacze or Dolomici ( or Gołomacze) - were Polabian Slavs
Polabian Slavs
Polabian Slavs - is a collective term applied to a number of Lechites tribes who lived along the Elbe river, between the Baltic Sea to the north, the Saale and the Limes Saxoniae to the west, the Ore Mountains and the Western Sudetes to the south, and Poland to the east. They have also been known...

 inhabiting areas in the middle Elbe
The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It rises in the Krkonoše Mountains of the northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia , then Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg...

 (Łaba) valley. Other West Slavic tribes such as the Milceni
The Milceni or Milzeni were a West Slavic tribe, who settled in the present-day Upper Lusatia region. They were first mentioned in the middle of the 9th century AD by the Bavarian Geographer, who wrote of 30 civitates which possibly had fortifications. They were gradually conquered by Germans...

 settled east of them. About 850 the Bavarian Geographer
Bavarian Geographer
The Bavarian Geographer is a conventional name given by Jan Potocki in 1796 to the author of an anonymous medieval document Descriptio civitatum et regionum ad septentrionalem plagam Danubii ....

 located their settlement area east of the Sorbs
Sorbs are a Western Slavic people of Central Europe living predominantly in Lusatia, a region on the territory of Germany and Poland. In Germany they live in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. They speak the Sorbian languages - closely related to Polish and Czech - officially recognized and...

. According to chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg
Thietmar of Merseburg
Thietmar of Merseburg was a German chronicler who was also bishop of Merseburg.-Life:...

, the people called themselves Glomacze after a central cult site, a now dry lake near the present-day town of Lommatzsch
Lommatzsch is a municipality located in the district of Meißen in the Free State of Saxony, Germany.- Geography :Lommatzsch lies amidst the so called Lommatzscher Pflege, an area of land that is featuring high quality loessic soil and therefore is mainly used agriculturally.-...


The first known account about the Glomacze was in 805 when they were raided by the troops of Frankish king Charles the Younger on his way to Bohemia
Bohemia is a historical region in central Europe, occupying the western two-thirds of the traditional Czech Lands. It is located in the contemporary Czech Republic with its capital in Prague...

. But the actual conquest started in 928 by German king Henry the Fowler who, as Widukind of Corvey
Widukind of Corvey
Widukind of Corvey was a Saxon historical chronicler, named after the Saxon duke and national hero Widukind who had battled Charlemagne. Widukind the chronicler was born in 925 and died after 973 at the Benedictine abbey of Corvey in East Westphalia...

 reported, seized and destroyed their main castle called Gana (probably located near present-day Stauchitz
Stauchitz is a municipality in the district of Meißen, in Saxony, Germany.-Municipality subdivisions:Stauchitz includes the following subdivisions:*Bloßwitz*Dobernitz*Dösitz*Gleina*Groptitz*Grubnitz*Hahnefeld*Ibanitz*Kalbitz*Panitz*Plotitz*Pöhsig...

), exterminated the defenders and had a fortress erected on the hill of Meissen
Meissen is a town of approximately 30,000 about northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river in the Free State of Saxony, in eastern Germany. Meissen is the home of Meissen porcelain, the Albrechtsburg castle, the Gothic Meissen Cathedral and the Meissen Frauenkirche...

. Their settlement area was incorporated into the large Saxon Marca Geronis
Marca Geronis
The Marca Geronis was a vast super-march in the middle of the tenth century. It was created probably for Thietmar and passed to his two sons consecutively: Siegfried and Gero...

 and in 965 became part of the Margraviate of Meissen.
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