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Download e-book for iPad: Ansgar, Rimbert and the Forged Foundations of Hamburg-Bremen by Eric Knibbs

By Eric Knibbs

ISBN-10: 1409428826

ISBN-13: 9781409428824

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 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 now not the outright cooperation-of kings and popes to craft a fictional account of Ansgar's lifestyles and paintings. the real tale, very various from that present in our historical past books, hasn't ever been instructed: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. really, the belief of Hamburg-Bremen in simple terms took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the project to Denmark and Sweden ended with the demise of Louis the Pious. This booklet designated philological and diplomatic research with broader ancient contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the simple reliability of the basis records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. by way of revising our knowing of Carolingian northeastern enlargement after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical historical past of early medieval Europe.

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