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Title: Rimbert's Vita Anskarii and Scandinavian mission in the ninth century
Authors: Palmer, James Trevor
Keywords: BR Christianity
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Citation: Palmer , J T 2004 , ' Rimbert's Vita Anskarii and Scandinavian mission in the ninth century ' Journal of Ecclesiastical History , vol 55 , no. 2 , pp. 235-256 .
Abstract: The idea of converting Scandinavia to Christianity had been enthusiastically pursued by the Emperor Louis the Pious and Archbishop Ebbo of Rheims in the 820s. Optimism such as their was, however, not to last, and little progress was made between the death of Archbishop Rimbert of Hamburg-Bremen in 888 and the conversion of Harald Bluetooth a century later. This article examines how Rimbert wrote a saint's "Life" about Anskar, his predecessor and "apostle to the north", in an attempt to arrest the waning support for the mission. It considers how this was achieved by placing the text in the context of the clashes between Ebbo and his successor, Hincmar, the predestination debate and the idea that mission was fulfilling apocalyptic prophecies.
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1554
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022046904009935
ISSN: 0022-0469
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c)2004 Cambridge University Press
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