How Religion all
changed in Roman Britain
- For the first 300 years
that the Romans ruled Britain, the Romano-British worshipped
many different gods. They were pagans,
like the Saxons.
- In the Middle East, a
religion called Christianity was started by Jesus Christ,
around the year AD 25.
- Christians believe in
only one God. This religion was very unpopular with
the Roman Government who thought you should believe in lots of
gods and worship them in temples.
So Christianity was banned.
- Legends tell us that
Christianity was brought to Britain by Jesus's grand uncle,
Joseph of Arimathea, in AD 63. These stories are probably made
- Traders and merchants
(people selling things) brought Christian ideas to Britain in the 2nd century. The
Christians had to worship in secret.
- Sometimes, they were
hunted down and executed. In Rome, they were eaten by lions!
This might have happened in Britain too.
- We know of at least
three Christians who were executed in Britain: St. Alban, St.
Aaron and St. Julius.
- In AD 313, the Emperor
Constantine changed the law. He said it was OK to be a
- Christianity quickly
became very popular. Romano-British bishops went to a big conference at Arles (in France)
the next year.
- Archaeologists have dug
up the remains of several Romano-British
churches. Some pagan
temples were turned into churches.
- By the time the Romans
left Britain, many people in the country were
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