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was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie
monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia.
accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled King returned to his
native land and engaged in missionary work there. Ansgar's success
caused King Bjorn of Sweden to invite him to that country, and he built
the first Christian Church in Sweden. He became Abbot of New Corbie and
first Archbishop of Hamburg about 831, and Pope Gregory IV appointed him
Legate to the Scandinavian countries.
labored at his missionary works for the next fourteen years but saw all
he had accomplished destroyed when invading pagan northmen in 845
destroyed Hamburg and overran the Scandinavian countries, which lapsed
appointed first Archbishop of Bremen about 848, and the See was united
with that of Hamburg by Pope Nicholas I. Ansgar again returned to
Denmark and Sweden in 854 and resumed his missionary activities,
converting Erik, King of Jutland. Ansgar's success was due to his great
preaching ability, the austerity and holiness of his life, and the
miracles he is reputed to have performed. Though called "the Apostle of
the North" and the first Christian missionary in Scandinavia, the whole
area lapsed into paganism again after his death at Bremen on February
3rd. His name is also spelled Anskar.