Adam of Bremen

Adam of Bremen (11th Century Religious Scholar)

“Poverty has forced them thus to go all over the world and from piratical raids they bring home in great abundance the riches of the lands. In this way they bear up under the unfruitfulness of their own country.”

  • From Adam of Bremen’s History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen.
  • Adam of Bremen wrote a book about the archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen, in modern northern Germany. The above passage is his diagnosis of the vikings, whose home was in Scandinavia to the north of Hamburg-Bremen.

 

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