Christianity in England in the Middle Ages

Christianity has a long history in England, with churches being built in England in the second half of the fourth century. A lot of the pagan sites that were used for worship were also converted to Christian places of worship.

Christianity would remain strong thanks to the Roman Empire, which made it the official imperial religion before the collapse of the empire in the fifth century. Christianity was no longer the formal religion in the East thanks to the arrival of immigrants.

Somerset and Gloucestershire remained Christian communities at the time.

Christianity would see a resurgence in the sixth and seventh centuries when the religion was pushed on the Franks. Pope Gregory I would send missionaries to help convert the reigning king at the time and convert Kent.

Augustine would then be sent by the pope and became Archbishop of Canterbury. He would oversee the construction of new churches built in the South-East. Oswald and Oswiu of Northumbria, both kings, would be converted to Christianity in the 630s and 640s.

Christianity would thrive until Viking invasions in the ninth century, which led to a rise in paganism and different beliefs.

Norse settlers would quickly be converted into Christians.

Local rulers would help spread the religion, with many monasteries being sponsored by the rulers.

The Norman conquest in 1066 would led to Norman and French influence, which embraced both Christianity and other religions. The Church of England’s power would rise thanks to the Norman Conquest.

William the Conqueror would be responsible for much of the growth of Christianity at this time,implementing large-scale projects. He would also build up parishes and monasteries.

Religion would become a vital part of life in the Middle Ages. Children were baptized, masses were held and Latin was spoken.

The average person, while still often religious, still only went to church a few times a year. Oftentimes, people would only attend church for major events and didn’t attend weekly, as many cultures began to do later on in history.

Bishops would rise in power, often coming from rich families and living in palaces. The bishops would become a vital part of the government.

Monks and nuns helped the poor by giving them food and running hospitals. Pilgrims were granted hospitality at the time. Some of the key most important aspects of Christianity also were formed in this period.

The Virgin Mary started to rise in prominence in the 14th and 15th centuries. There were also saints that rose in power at this time.

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