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Archbishop Ansegisus of Sens

Benedictine monk, Abbot, Archbishop of Sens (d. 879 or 883)

Ansegisus, ARCHBISHOP OF SENS, d. November 25, 879, or 883. He was a Benedictine monk, Abbot of St. Michael’s, at Beauvais, and in 871 became Archbishop of Sens. After Charles the Bald was crowned Emperor by Pope John VIII, he asked the Pope to appoint Ansegisus papal legate and primate over Gaul and Germany. With a papal legate of French nationality, amicably disposed towards the Emperor, Charles the Bald thought he could more easily extend his influence as emperor over those countries. The Pope yielded to the wish of Charles, but when the bishops assembled at the Synod of Ponthion were asked to acknowledge the primacy of Ansegisus they protested, especially Hincmar, Archbishop of Reims, against what they considered an infringement on their rights. Though Ansegisus retained the title, it is doubtful whether he ever exercised the powers of Primate of France and Germany.

MICHAEL OTT


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