The Interpretation of News about Rus’ and Bruno of Querfurt’s Mission in the Chronicle of Adémar of Chabannes
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The Interpretation of News about Rus’ and Bruno of Querfurt’s Mission in the Chronicle of Adémar of Chabannes
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Vasilina Sidorova 
Affiliation: Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

There is an interesting interpretation of news about the conversion of Rus’ in Ademar of Chabannes’ Chronicon. According to Ademar it was Saint Bruno of Querfurt who became the first Christian missionary and baptizer in this land as well as in Hungary and after his martyrdom the Russians “bought his body for a great price and built a monastery in his honor in Rus’”. The author knows that finally this land accepted Christianity from Constantinople and is aware of the custom in the Russian Orthodox Church “to grow a beard in the Greek fashion”. But why did Ademar think that Bruno was particularly venerated in Rus’? Bruno visited Kiev in 1007, that is mentioned in his own letter to Emperor Henry II and in some other sources. Without any doubt Bruno learnt that in the Church of the Tithes in Kiev were preserved the relics of St. Pope Clement, who was widely venerated everywhere in the West and particularly in France. It is known that the French ambassadors who negotiated the marriage of King Henri I with Anna, daughter of Great Prince Yaroslav the Wise, expressed a special interest in whether Chersonesus, where St. Clement had died, was situated within the limits of Rus’. It’s quite probable that information received by Bruno reached Angouleme in distorted form and was interpreted by Ademar in fanciful way. 

Anna of Kiev, Bruno of Querfurt, Ademar of Chabannes, St. Clement of Rome, medieval chronicles, Glossa remensis, news distribution in the Middle Ages, Christianization of Rus’
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