Eine interdisziplinäre Betrachtung der kontinentalen Mission im Skandinavien des 9. Jahrhunderts
Abstract: Between Mission and Market – Ansgar’s Churches in the North. An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Continental Mission in 9th Century Scandinavia Historic and archaeological scholarship traditionally viewed the missionary endeavours of the Archbishopric of Hamburg-Bremen in Scandinavia during the 9th century primarily as an expression of the early medieval missionary ideal. In the following article, based on textual and archaeological sources, the activities of the Archbishopric and its church foundations are also illuminated against the background of the economic interests of the secular and especially the spiritual power elite of the continent. A differentiated view of the early continental mission results from this discussion, yielding new perspectives on the structure and character of the early medieval exchange of goods between the continent and Scandinavia, as well as the emporia of Birka, Haithabu and Ribe.