The Convert Kings

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The Convert Kings: Power and Religious Affiliation in Early Anglo-Saxon England

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Author  N. J. Higham
Publisher  Manchester University Press
Publication Date   September 15, 1997
ISBN  0719048281
Pages  304

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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.

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