The Letters Of Saint Boniface
St. Boniface, the early eighth-century English cleric who became known as "Apostle to the Germans," was an important agent in the conversion of the North German tribes from paganism to Christianity. His efforts were devoted as well to organizing and concentrating all of Germanic Christendom under the leadership of Rome. He numbered among his correspondents the popes as wel...more
Published July 3rd 2000 by Columbia University Press
(first published June 12th 2000)
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An interesting letter collection surrounding an 8th century English missionary. Of his own initiative, Boniface set out to Germany to work on coverting pagans to Christianity and bolstering the faith of the quasi-Christians who were already there. It's a fun collection of details for the period, and a nice look at things like the relationship of the papacy to the edges of Christendom, the most problematic aspects of conversion (food and marriage, mostly), and the sometimes-tense relationship bet...more