By Mr Knibbs Eric
Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furnishings 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 origin of an archdiocese headquartered 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 existence and paintings. the real tale, very varied from that present in our background books, hasn't ever been instructed: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. quite, the assumption of Hamburg-Bremen purely took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the challenge to Denmark and Sweden ended with the dying of Louis the Pious.
This e-book particular 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. through revising our realizing of Carolingian northeastern enlargement after Charlemagne, it offers new perception into the political and ecclesiastical heritage of early medieval Europe.
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Ansgar, Rimbert and the Forged Foundations of Hamburg-Bremen (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West) by Mr Knibbs Eric