The Legend of the Christmas Rose Characters

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Archibishop Absalon

Archbishop Absalon does not believe in the holy garden of Göinge at first but agrees to pardon Robber Father when the lay brother brings the archbishop some flowers as proof. Archbishop Absalon was an actual archbishop in the late twelfth century.

Lay Brother

The suspicious lay brother scares away the holy garden in the Göinge forest with his terrible outburst. The lay brother believes that Robber Mother and her family are evil. He tries in vain to kick her out of the garden, and is offended when she tells Abbot Hans that she knows of a garden better than his. The lay brother accompanies the abbot to the forest on Christmas Eve, where he expects that they will be ambushed. When the holy garden blooms, the lay brother mistakes the divine transformation for witchcraft. This delusion persists, even when he sees angels approaching...

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