By Mr Knibbs Eric
Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furnishings of medieval ecclesiastical historical past. infrequent is the survey that doesn't pause to say their paintings one of the pagan peoples of the North and their starting place of an archdiocese founded at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally smart forgers who wove a fancy tapestry of myths and half-truths approximately themselves and their challenge. They labored with the tacit approval-if no longer the outright cooperation-of kings and popes to craft a fictional account of Ansgar's lifestyles and paintings. the genuine tale, very various from that present in our historical past books, hasn't ever been advised: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. fairly, the belief of Hamburg-Bremen merely took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the undertaking to Denmark and Sweden ended with the demise of Louis the Pious.
This e-book distinctive philological and diplomatic research with broader ancient contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the easy reliability of the root records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. by way of revising our knowing of Carolingian northeastern growth after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical historical past of early medieval Europe.
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