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The Evangelization of. the Arctic in the Middle Ages:

By The “diocese Of Iee and Louis Rey

Abstract

Strange land under the. Great Bear, the Arctic North is by turns plains in search of the magic amber of the Jutland shore. One shrouded in the darkness of a sunless winter and sparkling in after another, the great human migrations moved north before the brightness of unending day, At the summeI: solstice, the scattering southward once more. The Cimmerians got as far as thousand and one crystallinefacets. of the mountains catch the Asia Minor, while Celtic influence grew till the beginning of light, and in the deep blue vistas of a vast landscape, the tundra the: Christian era. Almost everywhere, however, bastions flowers unfold their tender colours. It is a. land of the starkest crumbled before the Roman advance. The fleets of Drusus incontrasts, of beguiling charms and deadIy hazards. No won-vaded Frisia, and shortly after, Tiberius pushed back the Cimder, then, that for over2500 years it has continued to fascinate bri and Cherusci at the entrance to. the Baltic. But the Pax and ensnare men who, though born amidst. the smiling pros- Romana could not contain the turbulent peoples of the North, pects of the inhabited world and imbued with the concepts of and more than once they burst across their borders and humanist harmony, have nevertheless resolved to force their streamed in devastating hordes towards the southern Roman way.through the “doors of ice ” and head forthe Pole. provinces. In 101 B.C., Catulus and Marius crushed the Cimbri And yet, for more than 10. OOO. years small sunburnt men on the plain of Vercellae in the north of Italy, and for man

Year: 2009
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