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 origin of an archdiocese based at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally smart forgers who wove a posh tapestry of myths and half-truths approximately themselves and their project. 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 diverse from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. quite, the belief of Hamburg-Bremen in simple terms 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 certain philological and diplomatic research with broader historic contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the simple reliability of the root files and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. by way of revising our realizing of Carolingian northeastern growth after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical background of early medieval Europe.
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