Who were they?
- The Pope lived in Rome.
He was in charge of all the bishops and priests around the
World. He read the Bible and told people what to believe.
- A British priest named
Pelagius read the Bible and decided that what the Pope told
people was wrong. He told people to believe slightly different
things. His type of Christianity was called 'Pelagianism'.
- The Pope became worried
when Pelagianism became popular in Britain. He thought
everyone should do as he told them. People who didn't were
called 'heretics'. You could be punished for being a heretic.
This was difficult to do though, because Britain was a long
way from Rome.
- The Pope sent St.
Germanus to Britain to sort things out. He was the Bishop of
Auxerre in Gaul (now called France).
- St. Germanus visited
Britain in AD 429 and again in AD 447.
- He went round the
country persuading people that Pelagianism was bad. He also
visited King Vortigern.
- Before he became a
bishop, St. Germanus had been a soldier. While he was in
Britain, he organised the British army and helped King Cadell
of Powys by winning a big battle
against the Saxons and the Irish.
- This made Germanus very
popular and so people stopped listening to Pelagius.