Ansgar, Rimbert and the Forged Foundations of Hamburg-Bremen by Eric Knibbs

By Eric Knibbs

Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furniture 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 beginning 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 undertaking. 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 advised: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. really, the assumption of Hamburg-Bremen basically took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the venture to Denmark and Sweden ended with the demise of Louis the Pious. This booklet particular philological and diplomatic research with broader historic contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the easy reliability of the basis records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. via revising our figuring out of Carolingian northeastern growth after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical background of early medieval Europe.

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