The Convert Kings

The Convert Kings

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The story of the conversion of the English to Christianity traditionally begins with Augustine's arrival in 597. This text offers a critical re-evaluation of the process of conversion which assesses what the act really meant to new converts, who was responsible for it, and why particular figures both accepted conversion for themselves and threw their influence behind the spread of Christianity. The conversion has often been seen as something which missionaries did to the English. The book restores responsibility to the English and, in particular, King Aethelbert, Edwin, Oswald and Oswin, and it is their religious policies that form the focus of this text.Bedea#39;s report of the activities of Augustine at Canterbury before jEthelberhta#39;s conversion may, therefore, be defensible as regards its broad chronological structure, specific details excepted, but it is extremely unspecific and otherwise veryanbsp;...

Title:The Convert Kings
Author: N. J. Higham
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 1997-09-15

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