The heading ( “An important mission” ) has the function to draw reader's attention and to explain the content of the article.
The subheading (“The advent of Christianity in Great Britain “) clarifies and gives further information about the content of the article. Clarify the function of each paragraph I Paragraph : Christianity spread over Great Britain during the 5th and 6th centuries, thanks to the effort of Roman bishops and Celtic and Anglo-Saxon missionaries.
The function of the first paragraph is to give the reader information about the advent of Christianity in Great Britain II Paragraph : After the Romans left in 407 AD, the Saxons, the Angles and the Jutes, who were Anglosaxon peoples, invaded Britain. They came from Germany and Denmark and they were farmers, hunters and fishermen. Their culture wasn’t a written one and they practiced polytheistic cults.
The second paragraph tells about the Anglo-Saxon culture. Its function is to introduce the impart of a monotheist religion into a polytheist religion. III Paragraph : In the following two centuries the arrival of Christianity was the most relevant event.
Gradually Roman bishops and missionaries of Celtic (Irish and Scottish) and Anglo-Saxon origins devoted themselves to evangelization of pagan and Aryan populations.
During this period, the so called Roman Christianity met the Celtic-Irish Christianity that was practiced by Irish abbots in monasteries.
The function of the third paragraph is to explain how Christianity could merge into a polytheistic culture. IV Paragraph : The most influential Irish abbot was San Colombano, because he built hundreds of monasteries or churches and because he diffused Christianity in the whole of Europe during his journeys. Anglo-Saxon monks acquired the desire of “peregrinatio pro Christo”, that is the passion that led the missionaries in their effort from him.
The first missionary centers were ancient Episcopal Roman towns, while in Ireland, devoid of cities, the monastic institutions became the center of ecclesiastic organization. Monks – priests departed from the Irish monasteries to found churches and chapels in the whole Europe.
The function of the fourth paragraph is to tell about the spread of Christianity V Paragraph : In particular, in Britain, Anglo-Saxon peoples were evangelized from VI century thanks to Saint Augustine. He founded the diocese of Canterbury, that became the religion center of the new cult.
In 597 AD Pope Gregory sent a group of about 40 men led by monk Saint Augustine to Kent. King Aethelberht of Kent permitted the monks to preach in his kingdom and in time he was converted. Meanwhile in 627 King Edwin of Northumbria (the North of England) and all his nobles were baptized. The other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms adopted Christianity following the example of the first two: in 630 a Christian called Sigeberht became King of East Anglia; Pope Honorious sent a man to convert the West Saxons; missionaries also preached in the kingdom of Mercia (the Midlands) and in 653 King Paeda of Mercia was converted and baptized too and gradually the realm was converted.
The last part of England to be converted to Christianity was Sussex. The conversion of the Saxons turned out to be the most difficult mission, but they finally adopted the new cult after Carlo Magno’s conquest in 804 AD.
In 664, during a council that took place in Whitby, the Celtic and Irish Church adapted to the Roman traditions.
Finally by the end of the 7th century all of England was at least nominally Christian. However some people continued to secretly worship the old pagan gods as late as the 8th century.
The function of the fifth paragraph is to tell about the organization of Christianity spread of ancient countries into England.
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The evangelization of northern Germanic tribes followed it: it started in the IX century with the conversation of the Danish King Harold I (in the 826) and it finished in the XI century.
The function of the sixth paragraph is to illustrate how the different parts of England became Christian .