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By Eric Knibbs

Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furniture of medieval ecclesiastical background. 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 headquartered at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally shrewdpermanent 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 diversified from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't chanced on any archdiocese in any respect. fairly, the assumption of Hamburg-Bremen in basic terms took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the venture to Denmark and Sweden ended with the loss of life of Louis the Pious. This ebook unique philological and diplomatic research with broader old contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the easy reliability of the root records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. via 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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