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Reinbern German priest

German priest
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Intro German priest
Is Priest
From Germany Poland
Type Religion
Gender male
Death 1012, Turaŭ, Belarus
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Reinbern (-1013/15) was the only bishop of the short-lived Diocese of Kolberg) (1000-~1007).

Reinbern was born in the Hassegau area of the medieval Duchy of Saxony. When Holy Roman Emperor Otto III met with his friend, the Polish duke Boleslaw I in the Congress of Gniezno (Gnesen), the Archbishopric of Gniezno was founded. One of Gniezno's subordinated bishoprics was the Diocese of Kołobrzeg., Its purpose was to advance the Christianization of the pagan Pomeranians that shortly before had been subdued by the Poles. Reinbern was made bishop. It is documented that he "baptized" the Baltic Sea by spilling Holy Oil and Holy Water into the sea. He also demolished shrines of pagan gods in Pomerania. Yet, after his bishopric was driven out during a pagan uprising, he returned to Boleslaw's court. In 1009, he accompanied Boleslaw to the marriage arranged between Boleslaw's daughter and Sviatopolk, prince of Turov (Turaŭ) in the Kievan Rus', where an internal Kievian crisis involving Boleslaw's daughter led to the arrest of Reinbern by prince Vladimir. Soon afterwards, he died imprisoned in 1012.

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