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Angus of Metz's manuscript

A codex of the 9th Century


Successive and confusing translations of Angus of Metz’s Gothic Latin manuscript, depict ancient events that took place in the Autumn of that time of the Early Middle Ages that the British historians have come to call the Dark Ages. This happens to be discovery that I would rather keep under wraps, so as not to betray my own promise to those who have allowed me to read and microfilm his writings.

Indeed, the events described by a humble monk from the Benedictine order took place in the shadows of the Eighth Century. Angus of Metz joined an expedition whose purpose was to evangelize the Christian sections of Northern Europe in the footsteps of St. Boniface. It is an age that suffers from the absence of historical sources. These elements elicit a certain charm in the reader of our present century.

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A Chronicle of the late Dark Ages

For Europe, that was the Early Middle Age in which the Carolingian dynasty, which ended up shaping a Christian and Germanic empire, decided to unite the both secular and religious powers. However, in order to reach that armonia mundi, which boasted the ideal place on earth to be a reflection of the harmony of the celestial spheres, the empire should face the threat of the heathens and the advent of the Antichrist (whose arrival was expected for the dreaded year 1000). And it required not only a confrontation with the pagan peoples of the north and the east, but also their profound evangelization. This led to the Saxon Wars (among other confrontations) which lasted more than thirty years on the northern border of Austrasia, with many acts of cruelty committed against their ignorant, yet rebellious people.

Favored by its highly unusual elements, the story of Angus is a legacy that, while arguably (and rightly so) for some scholars, it will be interesting to many readers - those curious of historical adventure and medieval literature.. He claims to have a first hand knowledge of the events. Angus of Metz was present on both sides of the religious border that tortuously divided Europe, and that converted the land into pasture of hunger and war, where the heathens, after repeated deportations, could finally sing in unison, with the rest of the empire, the christian Credo in unum Deum...