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The Conversion Of The Anglo Saxons Notes

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The Conversion of the Anglo Saxons Henry Mayr-Harting Why did the Saxons convert?
Seeing miracles- science tricks? Medicine? Or just folklore?
Inc. divine vengeance on enemies (e.g. Britons) convincing preaching , victory in war (PSthe great Merovinginan ClovisPS) , political links with ?Franks? Rome?
impressed by the spirituality and restraint. "spiritual considerations of which we have no evidence" "being drawn closer to the civilized and wealthy axis of Mediterranean life" "many found faith and were baptized through their admiration of the simplicity of it all" "Political exile was a powerful factor in royal conversion" Aiden at Lindisfarne combined with Oswald the bretwalda, who was already converted after exile. "decisive or instrumental in the conversion of several kingdoms by direct influence and marriage alliances"
-Oswald godfather to Cynegils of Wessex
-Oswy persuaded Sigbert of Essex who frequented his court
-He insisted Peada (middle angles) convert to marry his daughter Alchfled lindisfarne and malmesbury in Wessex training boys and converting others , Irish Canterbury Roman "the adaptation of Episcopal organisation to the tribal and non urban character of AS society...the irish were well qualified to do"

Preachers humble on foot "missionary work could not succeed without the help of the king" after victory oswy gave 12 little estates to the church BEDE At this time Aethelbert, king of kent, was a very powerful king..power as far as the Humber Augustine sent to Aethelbert to say he had come ...bearing the best news...the sure and certain promise of eternal joys in heaven and an endless kingdom with the living and true God to those who received it They preached the word of life to as many as they could Some, marvelling at their simple and innocent way of life and the sweetness of their heavenly doctrine, believed and were baptised.

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