Item description for The Letters of St. Boniface: With a New Introduction and Bibliography by Thomas F. X. Noble by St St Boniface, Ephraim Emerton & Thomas F. X. Noble...
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 well as colleagues in England, France, and Rome. His letters provide unique insights into the religious, ecclesiastical, political, and social history of early medieval Europe.
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Studio: Columbia University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 3, 2000
Publisher Columbia University Press
ISBN 0231120931 ISBN13 9780231120937
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Insights into the mind of an early missionary Oct 9, 2002
This book is a fascinating collection of personal letters to and from an 8th century English missionary turned bishop, working on the edge of pagan Germany, as he sought and received counsel from friends, popes, and bishops. Initially, his letters reflect a man seeking to know what the rule is, and expecting others to live by the rules. On a deeper level, the letters reflect Boniface's deep honesty, frustration, and dedication to his work in churches plagued by pagan and heretical influences. Weeks after I finished this book, individual incidents Boniface confronted came to mind. The letters inform about eighth century culture. They share the thoughts of a dedicated man trying to do the right thing in a difficult era.