gets the Saxons to
dump their Old Gods
- When the Saxons
first settled in Britain,
they were all pagans.
- The Pope was in charge
of all Christians. In AD 598, he
decided to send a bishop, named Augustine, to persuade all
the Saxons to become Christians.
- St. Augustine crossed
the English Channel and went to the palace of King Aethelbert
of Kent in Canterbury.
- King Aethelbert was a
pagan, but his wife was a Christian. She was a Frank (from
France). Augustine hoped she would welcome him. He was right.
- Augustine spoke to the
King about the Bible. He persuaded Aethelbert to become a
Christian. All Aethelbert’s people became Christians too.
- Aethelbert gave
Augustine lots of land. He built 2 big monasteries. The first
was called St. Augustine’s Abbey. The other one is
- Augustine is usually
called ‘St. Augustine of Canterbury’. Do not mix him up
with another famous man called ‘St. Augustine of Hippo’.
- Later, missionaries went
to other Saxon Kingdoms and persuaded them to become Christian