The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England is more than a
general account of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It
is a probing study of the way in which Christianity was fashioned
in England, giving full weight to the variety of wealth of the
traditions that contributed to early Anglo-Saxon Christianity. It
is also a study in the process of Christianization, as it was
carried out by churchmen who, according to Mayr-Harting, prepared
themselves by prayer and study and travel as well as by social
awareness to Christianize their world.
For this edition, the author has added a new preface in which he
reconsiders some of his earlier conclusions and addresses recent
developments in the scholarship. In a completely new chapter,
Mayr-Harting appraises the work of Boniface of Devon, the greatest
missionary of the early Middle Ages whom he calls the "Mirror of
English History." Mayr-Harting thereby extends his account of early
Anglo-Saxon Christianity from the Gregorian mission of the late
sixth century up to the eighth-century English mission to the
Continent, perhaps the crowning achievement of early English
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