Burchard II (Bishop of Halberstadt)

Burchard of Veltheim (c. 1028; † April 7, 1088 in Ilse Burgkloster; Also: Bucco, Buko, etc. ) was a German cleric and Burchard II as Bishop of Halberstadt.

Burchard comes from the noble family of Veltheim and was a nephew of Archbishop Anno II of Cologne and Werner von Magdeburg. He became in 1057 Provost of the pen " St. Dedicated to Simon and Jude "in Goslar and then in 1059 by intervention of his uncle Anno, Archbishop of Cologne, succeeding I. Burchard of Halberstadt bishop of the diocese of Halberstadt. 1062 decided the German - Italian Synod of Augsburg, to send in the favor of the Empress Agnes standing Burchard to Rome.

In the dispute about the election of a pope, he gave here in the reign of King Henry IV of Pope Alexander II and the Anti-Pope Honorius II. Though the latter was close to the German crown, Burchard said but the favorite of Hildebrand, later Pope Gregory VII Alexander the rightful bishop of Rome and received from the latter to thanks the pallium.

In winter 1067/1068 the bishop led a campaign against the pagan Lutizen. He came up to her shrine Rethra near the Tollensee ago, destroyed the temple, and rode on the sacred horse home. With this fact, he humiliated the Gentiles immensely. About this expedition report the Ann. Augustani a 1068th, Bertholdi Ann. a 1067 and a Bernoldi Chron 1067th

1073 Burchard found during the Saxon uprising then open in the opposition to Henry IV and, therefore, was on June 13, 1075 priced at Homburg on the Unstrut by imperial troops, and finally handed over to the Bishop of Bamberg as a prisoner. 1076 followed the exile to Hungary during the Burchard, however, managed to escape, so he still found himself in the same year in Halberstadt. From now on, Burchard was open on the side of all the enemies of the Emperor as Rudolf of Swabia and Hermann of Salm. Even after a dismissal decision of a Synod of Mainz in 1085 succeeded only briefly to oust Burchard from his diocese. Finally Burchard came during a confrontation with the Margrave of Meissen Ekbert in Goslar in a turmoil, was seriously injured and died 1088.

According to legend, Burchard said to have been very fond of children. In this context, a (originally Low German ) Lullaby, which was handed down in the area around Halberstadt, Magdeburg Mansfeld in different variations emerged:

Buko of Halberstadt, bring our Kindken wat! Wat ick should bring him? Red shoe with rings, Sugar, raisins and almond kernel, dat eat our Kindken like. Eia popeia!