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

by N.J. Higham

Paperback, 1997

Status

Available

Call number

942.01

Collection

Publication

Manchester University Press (1997), Paperback

Description

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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Physical description

304 p.; 8.44 inches

ISBN

0719048281 / 9780719048289

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