What were they?
- Missionaries were
Christians who went around trying to persuade pagans
(non-Christians) to become Christian; or trying to persuade
Christians to go to church more.
- They would talk about
the Bible to large crowds of people. If they could persuade a
king to become a Christian, his people would usually copy him.
- The sons and daughters
of King Brychan of Brycheiniog (South-East Wales) were famous
British missionaries in Cornwall.
- Sometimes missionaries
went abroad to do their work.
- St. Patrick was the son
of a British vicar from near Carlisle. He was kidnapped by
pirates and taken to Ireland. He became a very famous
- St. Samson was a British
missionary in Brittany. St. Boniface was a Saxon missionary in
- Because the first Saxons
were all pagans, there are many famous
Some came from Europe, some from Ireland.
- St. Augustine was the
first. He was an Italian who came to Kent in AD 597.