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Boniface of Mainz, St. (671–754)

  1. E. Gordon Whatley

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0175

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Gordon Whatley, E. 2011. Boniface of Mainz, St. (671–754). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Boniface bears the sobriquet “apostle of the Germans” not because he was the first Christian to preach the gospel east of the Rhineland to the German-speaking subjects and neighbors of the Franks (SS. Willibrord, Killian, and Rupert, among others, had preceded him), but because he firmly established orthodox Christian worship and church governance in important areas of central and southern Germany that were hitherto only nominally or haphazardly Christian (Thuringia, Hesse, Bavaria).


  • boniface of Mainz, St. (671–754);
  • sobriquet “apostle of the Germans”;
  • chosen to follow celtic, Anglo-Saxon tradition of pilgrimage;
  • boniface's efforts, of spreading christian civilization;
  • archbishop of Mainz;
  • carolingian renaissance, of learning and culture;
  • landesbibliothek (state library)