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Anskar

ansgar) (801-865. “Apostle of the North.” Frankish-born, at the age of five he was placed in the Benedictine monastery at Corbie where he remained until 822, when he was transferred as master of the daughter school at Corvey in Saxony. About four years later he and a colleague went to Denmark, where a few important Christian converts seem to have been made, and established a small wooden church at Hedeby. By 829, however, he had returned to the Frankish court when there arrived from Björn of Sweden a request for help. With a fellow monk, Witmar, Anskar again went north, to the trading center of Birka, where a bishopric was established under Simeon-Gauzbert. In 831 he became archbishop of Hamburg, which post he held until his death despite the disruptive plunder of the city by Horik in 845. Anskar maintained his interest in Birka, and when Simeon- Gauzbert was driven out by his own Frankish people, Anskar spent two years in the diocese from 852 under the protection of Horik. On his way