Wondering what the Vatican archives might reveal about Anglo-Saxon history

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    anonymous
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    I'm not sure if this has been discussed in depth (I'm a newish member and this is my first day on the forums). But since so much of Anglo-Saxon history is unknown, how much has the Vatican archives/libraries helped to solve some A-S mysteries? Obviously you'd be getting a lot of bias from Church sources of the era, but I'm curious how useful it would be to study the Church's writings on the process of converting Anglo-Saxon Britain to Christianity. Thoughts?

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    BrianB
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    I have wondered the same about Vatican documents. Particularly in reference to meetings with Kings and Bishops, such as Wilfrid and Caedwala. Too bad the Vatican does not have a Freedom of Information Act.

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    anonymous
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    haha well put, Brian. From what I understand, the Vatican archives are notoriously difficult to gain access to. Maybe that has changed over the years, for better or worse.

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