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Boniface (Winfred, Winfrid, Winfrith)

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Born: 680? AD
Died: 754 AD.

Nationality: English
Categories: Martyr, Saint

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680? - Saint Boniface was born at Crediton, Devon. He was a missionary who propagated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century.

 

Received his theological training in the Benedictine monasteries of Adescancastre.

 

702 - At the age of 30 he became a priest. He wrote the first Latin grammar produced in England.

 

723 - He felled the holy oak tree dedicated to Thor.

 

He established the first bishopric in Germany.

 

737-738 - Visited to Rome, he was made papal legate for Germany.

 

745 - He was granted Mainz as metropolitan see.

 

754 - On 5th of June he was killed by mob in Frisia.

 

He is the patron saint of Germany and the Netherlands.

 

 

 

 


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