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Beginnings Of The City Of Münster

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Münster started from a crude and small beginning, but gradually grew into a flourishing city. The story starts in the year A.D. 568, when Justin II ruled the Roman Empire. When necessity suggested the appropriateness of seeking a larger and more fertile land, the Winili invited a large band of the ancient Saxons to increase the strength of their army, and then under the leadership of Albwin they invaded that part of Italy which lies between the Alps and the Apennines. In the year 772, when Charlemagne received a public decree at the assembly of leading men at Worms to force the Westphalians and Saxons to embrace Christianity, Mimimgardford too was conquered and began to obey his rule. In order to strengthen the religion he erected in this town a famous monastery of regulars. This monastery gradually overshadowed the name “Mimimgardford,” and both cities came to be called Monasterium (Münster).

Keywords: Charlemagne; Christianity; Münster; Mimimgardford; monastery; Roman Empire; Saxons

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