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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 starting place of an archdiocese headquartered at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally shrewdpermanent forgers who wove a fancy 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 real tale, very varied from that present in our background books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't stumbled on any archdiocese in any respect. relatively, 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 dying of Louis the Pious. This publication certain philological and diplomatic research with broader old contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the easy reliability of the basis files and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. via revising our knowing of Carolingian northeastern growth after Charlemagne, it offers new perception into the political and ecclesiastical heritage of early medieval Europe.

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