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The Remarkable Life And Career Of The Breton Ansger, Monk And Poet On The Loire Valley Who Became Bishop Of Catania In Sicily 1091-1124, George Beech Dec 2013

The Remarkable Life And Career Of The Breton Ansger, Monk And Poet On The Loire Valley Who Became Bishop Of Catania In Sicily 1091-1124, George Beech

George T. Beech

A key figure in the establishment of the Latin church in Arabic Sicily after the Norman conquest was Bishop Ansger of Catania 1091-1124. Newly found information shows that, by origin a Breton, he first became a monk at St. Florent of Saumur in the Loire valley, then made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. After his return he entered the monastery of St. Eufemia in Calabria where his rise to the office of prior led Count Roger of Sicily to choose him, with the approval of Pope Urban II, as the first bishop of Catania and abbot of St. Agatha. In a ...