The Making of the German Church

J. M. Wallace‐Hadrill

in The Frankish Church

Published in print December 1983 | ISBN: 9780198269069
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600777 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Making of the German Church

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An examination is made of the making of the German Church as a result of missionary activities among the Germanic peoples bordering the Frankish world in the Merovingian and early Carolingian periods. This is the birth of the idea of crusade — at least in the sense of armed penetration into a strange world in the name of Christ. The beginnings of this activity lay in the earlier part of the 7th century, when missionaries under Merovingian protection started work in the northern and eastern regions of Francia itself. The pioneers were Aquitanian and Irish; the next stage was dominated by Anglo–Saxon Englishmen, of whom the most well known are Willibrord and Boniface; other missions to and beyond the Middle and Upper Rhine in the seventh and early 8th centuries were Franco–Irish. The major part of the chapter is devoted to the work of Boniface and his relations with the Pope and with the Carolingian mayor Charles Martel, who helped him spread Christianity through Germany, and Martel's sons Carloman and Pippin III (the first Carolingian king).

Keywords: Boniface; Carloman; crusades; Frankish Church; German Church; history; Charles Martel; Merovingian period; missionaries; Pippin III; religious history; Willibrord

Chapter.  9382 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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