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Boniface

680-754. Missionary bishop and martyr. Born near Crediton, Devon, he was trained in abbeys at Exeter and Nursling in Hampshire, and later himself refused an English abbacy. He went to Frisia to serve under the English missionary Willibrord,* and in 719 received [[Gregory II]]'s authority for his work. After laboring successfully in Thuringia and Bavaria, and seeing thousands of baptisms among the Hessians, he again went to Rome to be consecrated bishop (722). It is unlikely that his name was changed from Wynfrith to Boniface then, but much earlier. He returned to Hesse as a missionary statesman, having also the authority of [[Charles Martel]],* and from there he went on to Thuringia, being made archbishop in 732 by Gregory III, and papal legate in 739-the first one to be sent beyond the Alps. Now he divided Bavaria, Hesse, and Thuringia into dioceses, and began founding Benedictine monasteries, of which Fulda (c.743) was the most famous. The connection with England remained, even to