By Mr Knibbs Eric
Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furniture of medieval ecclesiastical heritage. infrequent is the survey that doesn't pause to say their paintings one of the pagan peoples of the North and their beginning of an archdiocese headquartered at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally shrewdpermanent forgers who wove a fancy tapestry of myths and half-truths approximately themselves and their venture. They labored with the tacit approval-if now not the outright cooperation-of kings and popes to craft a fictional account of Ansgar's existence and paintings. the genuine tale, very various from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. really, the assumption of Hamburg-Bremen simply took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the undertaking to Denmark and Sweden ended with the loss of life of Louis the Pious.
This e-book designated philological and diplomatic research with broader ancient contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the uncomplicated reliability of the root records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. by way of revising our realizing of Carolingian northeastern enlargement after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical heritage of early medieval Europe.
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