Son of Udo, Prince of the Abrodites. Prince of the Wends. Raised a Christian, he turned apostate following the murder of his father, led armies into lands held by the Slavs, and then into England. There, for reasons never clearly explained, he returned to the faith. On his return from England, he subdued more of the Slavic countries, and went on period a great missionary work and church construction. Gottschalk often interpreted to the people in the Sclavonian tongue the sermons and instructions of the priests in the church, which led to his patronage of linguists and translators. Martyr.
- murdered at the altar with 29 fellow missionaries on 7 June 1066 in Lenzen, Pomerania, by assassins hired by his brother-in-law
- “Saint Gotteschalk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 June 2015. Web. 19 January 2017. <>