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 furnishings 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 origin of an archdiocese established at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally smart forgers who wove a fancy 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 real tale, very varied from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been instructed: Ansgar didn't chanced on any archdiocese in any respect. relatively, the assumption of Hamburg-Bremen merely took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the undertaking to Denmark and Sweden ended with the demise of Louis the Pious. This booklet targeted philological and diplomatic research with broader historic contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the easy reliability of the root records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. via revising our knowing of Carolingian northeastern enlargement after Charlemagne, it offers new perception into the political and ecclesiastical heritage of early medieval Europe.

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