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Osnabrück, city and bishopric, founded at the end of the 8th century at the intersection of two ancient military and commercial routes. The Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 ce marked the end of Roman influence in the area settled by Teutons. Beginning in the 5th century, Saxons from the north moved in. The major Old Saxon farmstead at the ford of the Hase river became the center of the Threcwitigau. To replace a destroyed missionary station, Charlemagne, who defeated the Saxons under Widukind in 783, ordered a new church built (the site of the later cathedr…

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Persch, Jörg, “Osnabrück”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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