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St Boniface

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He was born in Crediton, Devon and educated in Exeter during the 7th century. He set out to convert the inhabitants of the Germanic area to Christianity. Boniface made many converts and was appointed Bishop of Mainz. He, along with the many companions he gathered, founded or restored dioceses in Bavaria, Thuringia, and Franconia.

He was martyred in Friesland in 754 by being hacked with an axe. To protect himself he held a copy of the Bible above his head. The actual book is preserved in the library in Fulda. His body is buried in the monastery in Fulda.

Benedict speaks of St Boniface