Saint Boniface also known as the "Apostle of the Germans" was a leading figure in the Anglo-Saxon mission to the Germanic parts of the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He organised significant foundations of the Catholic Church in Germany and was made archbishop of Mainz by Pope Gregory III. He was martyred in Frisia in 754, along with 52 others, and his remains were returned to Fulda, where they rest in a sarcophagus which became a site of pilgrimage.


<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonifatius_velt_de_heilige_eik.jpg" title="via Wikimedia Commons" target="_blank">Carl Gottlieb Peschel (1798-1879)</a> [Public domain]

Boniface falls the holy oak. Wood engraving after a drawing by Carl Peschel.1860

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Saint Boniface also known as the "Apostle of the Germans" was a leading figure in the Anglo-Saxon mission to the Germanic parts of the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He organised significant foundations of the Catholic Church in Germany and was made archbishop of Mainz by Pope Gregory III. He was martyred in Frisia in 754, along with 52 others, and his remains were returned to Fulda, where they rest in a sarcophagus which became a site of pilgrimage.


Carl Gottlieb Peschel (1798-1879) [Public domain]

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