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 origin of an archdiocese founded 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 existence and paintings. the genuine tale, very diversified from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't discovered any archdiocese in any respect. particularly, the belief of Hamburg-Bremen basically took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the undertaking to Denmark and Sweden ended with the loss of life of Louis the Pious. This publication unique philological and diplomatic research with broader ancient contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the uncomplicated reliability of the basis files 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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