The Info List - Haito

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HAITO (or HATTO or HEITO) was a Christian monk and Bishop of Basel
Bishop of Basel


* 1 Biography * 2 Writings * 3 Sources * 4 References


was born in 763, of a noble family of Swabia
. At the age of five he entered the Abbey of Reichenau
Abbey of Reichenau
, on an island in the Lake of Constance . Abbot Waldo (786-806) made him head of the monastic school, and in this capacity he did much for the instruction and classical training of the monks, as well as for the growth of the library.

When Waldo was transferred to the Abbey of St. Denis
Abbey of St. Denis
, near Paris, in 806, Haito
was made Abbot of Reichenau , and about the same time Bishop of Basel
Bishop of Basel
. He enjoyed the confidence of the emperor Charlemagne and in 811 was both witness to the emperor\'s will and was sent with others to Constantinople
on a diplomatic mission, which he fulfilled to the satisfaction of his master. The interests of his diocese and abbey were not neglected. He rebuilt the cathedral of Basel
and the abbey church of Reichenau, and issued appropriate instructions for the guidance of clergy and people in the ways of religion.

In 823 he resigned both positions, owing to serious infirmities, and spent the remainder of his life as a simple monk in the monastery of Reichenau where he died on 17 March 836.


was the author of several works. He wrote an account of his journey to Constantinople, the Hodoeporicon, of which, however, no trace has been found so far.

In 824 he wrote the Visio Wettini (P.L., CV, 771 sqq.; Mon. Germ. Hist.: Poetae Lat. Aev. Car. , II, 267 sqq.), in which he relates the spiritual experiences of Wettin, president of the monastic school of Reicheneau. The day before his death (4 November 824) Wettin saw in a vision bad and good spirits; an angel took him through hell, purgatory, and heaven, and showed him the torments of the sinners and the joys of the saints. The book, which bears some resemblance to Dante's Divina Commedia