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Offline VarangianGuard

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Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:35:23 AM »
Anyone who knows anything about this?
Is there any evidence of such activity anywhere in Scandinavia prior to the Great Schism?
Since the Vikings entertained close relations with Russians and many earls, kings and other warriors served with the Varangian guard, it seems strange that Orthodox monastics never settled anywhere.
All I can find on monasticism in Scandinavia is about Roman-Catholic orders.

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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 04:19:05 PM »
IIRC Sts. Ansgar, Sigrid and Rimbert were missionary monks. Also, you might be interested in this list of Scandinavian Saints. Some of them were monastics.
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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 04:21:12 PM »
Russia only converted in 988.
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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 04:29:09 PM »
Russia only converted in 988.

Orthodoxy arrived to Scandinavia earlier than that. St. Ansgar died in 865.
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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 04:43:12 PM »
Russia only converted in 988.

Russia appeared no earlier than in XIVth century.
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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 04:46:06 PM »
Russia only converted in 988.

Russia appeared no earlier than in XIVth century.

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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 04:06:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies.
If someone has more, please feel free.

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Re: Anchorites or other monastics in pre-schism Scandinavia?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 05:53:50 PM »
Anyone who knows anything about this?
Is there any evidence of such activity anywhere in Scandinavia prior to the Great Schism?
Since the Vikings entertained close relations with Russians and many earls, kings and other warriors served with the Varangian guard, it seems strange that Orthodox monastics never settled anywhere.
All I can find on monasticism in Scandinavia is about Roman-Catholic orders.
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