Christianity And The Early Medieval Christian World Essay

1608 Words Dec 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Title Conversion, in the early medieval Christian world, was a powerful tool for not only expanding Christianity, but also for expanding imperial authority. In the sixth century, Pope Gregory I, or Gregory the Great, cemented his legacy for conversion by creating the first papal mission of any pagan people in Anglo-Saxon Britain. While Christianity had visited the island briefly, during the Roman occupation, the Anglo-Saxon’s and their paganism dominated the religious sphere on the island in the sixth century. Gregory, before becoming Pope, had long been interested in the island of Britain and desired for it to become part of the Christian world. Through his missionary, Augustine of Canterbury, Gregory was able to set precedents on how to effectively convert pagan people in order to save their souls. Through the writings of Bede, Gregory himself, and many modern day historians, the story and success of the mission to England has been recorded, analyzed, and scrutinized. Regardless, Gregory the Great and his gentle conversion tactics were crucial in the late fifth and early sixth centuries in creating a strong, more unified church and imperial power, while also cementing the papacy as a position of power and placing Gregory at the top as the model of an ideal Pope. Gregory the Great was born into a wealthy, roman family who had a history of political prominence and Christian devoutness. Being wealthy provided Gregory with the opportunities to become educated and…

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