[Back] [Blueprint] [Next]

Click on the footnote number and you will leap to the bottom of the page. Then click on that footnote number and you will be transported back to your place in the text.

From The English Correspondence of Saint Boniface: Being for the Most Part Letters Exchanged Between the Apostle of the Germans and His English Friends: Translated and Edited with an Introductory Sketch of the Saint’s Life by Edward Kylie, M.A.; London: Chatto & Windus: 1911; pp. ix-xiv.


[You may click on the title, section or page number, and the page will open in a new browser window.]


         Introduction   1

      I.    Aedilwald asks Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, to instruct him. He sends poems, one treating of Wynfrith’s journey.   38

     II.    Wynfrith encourages the youth Nithard in the pursuit of virtue and of his literary studies.   42

      I.    Daniel, Bishop of Winchester, gives the priest, Wynfrith, a general letter of introduction.   47

     IV.    Bugga congratulates Boniface on the successful issue of his affairs. She promises that she will send later “The Sufferings of the Martyrs” for which he has asked, and sends other gifts.   49

      V.    Daniel, Bishop of Winchester, instructs Boniface as to what means he should use in converting the heathen to Christianity.   51

     VI.    Boniface urges some one to pray to God for him.   56

    VII.    Egburg writes to Wynfrith, of her desolation and her regard for him. She asks his prayers. 57

   VIII.    Abbess Eangyth and Heaburg thank Wynfrith for his letters. They write of their misfortunes and of their desire to go to Rome. They recommend Denewald.   61


     IX.    Boniface replies to Bugga, who has asked his advice about going abroad. He promises to send later the passages for which she has asked, and thanks her for her gifts.   68

      X.    Boniface commends himself to the love of Nothelm, Archbishop of Canterbury. He asks him to send the questions of Saint Augustine and Saint Gregory’s replies. He wishes to know if it is unlawful for a man to marry a woman whose son he has stood sponsor at baptism, and in what year the first priests were sent by Saint Gregory into England.   71

     XI.    Boniface sends gifts to Pehthelm, Bishop of Hwiterne. He asks whether it is permitted for a man to marry a woman for whose son he has been sponsor at baptism.   74

    XII.    Boniface reminds Abbot Duddo of their old friendship. He asks him to send treatises on Saint Paul, and to inquire why a man should be forbidden to marry a woman for whose son he has stood sponsor in baptism.   76

   XIII.    Wynfrith describes to Eadburga, Abbess of Thanet, a vision seen in the monastery at Wenlock.   78

    XIV.    Boniface asks Eadburga, Abbess of Thanet, to copy for him the Epistles of Saint Peter in letters of gold.   90

     XV.    Boniface thanks Eadburga, Abbess of Thanet, for books she has sent him.   92


    XVI.    Cenae writes to Boniface of her good-will towards him.   93

   XVII.    Lul asks Boniface to grant him permission for the sake of his studies to remain longer in Thuringia.   94

  XVIII.    Some one [ Lul ] writes to an abbess and a nun, and tells of his pilgrimage to Rome, of his loneliness and sickness. He recalls that formerly he was carefully attended by them. Instructed in the art of poetry by Boniface, he sends them some verses of his own composition.   98

    XIX.    Lul asks Dealwin, his master, to pray for him and to send him some works of Aldhelm.   103

     XX.    Ingalice, a priest, replies to the deacon Lul. He sends gifts and asks to be remembered to Boniface.   104

    XXI.    Lul asks Lioba not to doubt his affection for her. He wishes her to send word with Gundwin as to anything she may need.   106

   XXII.    Lul, the deacon urges Eadburga, Abbess of Thanet, to commend him to God. He sends gifts and mentions his own regard for her. He asks for a letter.   108

  XXIII.    Lioba asks Boniface to pray to God for her relatives and herself. She sends a gift.   110

   XXIV.    Boniface grants permission to Lioba, Abbess of Bischopsheim, to have a certain girl instructed.   112

    XXV.    Wiehtberht, a priest, sends word to the monks of Glastonbury that he has come into the territories of the Hessians and Saxons, and has been well received by Boniface.   113


   XXVI.    Boniface consults Daniel, Bishop of Winchester, about associating with bad priests. He asks that a volume of the prophets copied by Abbot Winbert be secured for him. He sends gifts, and offers his sympathy to Daniel, who is troubled with his eyes.   115

  XXVII.    Daniel, Bishop of Winchester, replies to Boniface. He urges him to persevere. He discusses the priestly character of adulterers and murderers, and the unavailable intercourse with false brethren. He thanks Boniface for his sympathy.   121

 XXVIII.    Boniface asks Eadburga, Abbess of Thanet, to pray for him and for the heathen.   130

   XXIX.    Boniface consoles Abbess Bugga.   132

    XXX.    Boniface thanks Egbert of York for gifts. He asks Egbert to pray for him and to send him the commentaries of Bede. He tells of adulterous priests. He sends wine.   135

   XXXI.    Boniface thanks Egbert, Archbishop of York, for gifts and books. He requests him to support his letter to Æthelbald, King of the Mercians. He asks for the works of Bede and sends the letters of Saint Gregory.   138

  XXXII.    Boniface asks Huetberht, Abbot of Wearmouth and Jarrow, to send him the works of Bede and a cloak.   141


 XXXIII.    Boniface asks Abbot Aldhere with his brotherhood to pray to God for himself, the Germans and certain departed friends.   143

  XXXIV.    Sigebald, probably Abbot of Chertsey, writes to Boniface, that through the priest Eobo, he has asked Boniface to be, with Daniel of Winchester, his bishop. He asks to be kept in memory.   145

   XXXV.    Boniface urges a nun to pray for him.   147

  XXXVI.    Boniface urges Lioba, Tecla, Cynehilda and their sisters to pray for him.   149

 XXXVII.    Ælbwald, King of the East Angles, writes to Boniface about mutual prayers. He commends his messenger.   152

XXXVIII.    Æthelbert the Second, King of Kent, urges Boniface in fulfilment of a promise made to Abbess Bugga, to pray to God for him. He sends gifts, and asks for some falcons.   154

  XXXIX.    Boniface commends his messenger Ceola to Æthelbald, King of the Mercians. He expresses thanks for the kind reception given to his messengers the year before. He sends gifts.   158

     XL.    Boniface with the other bishops recalls Æthelbald, King of the Mercians, to virtue.   160

    XLI.    Boniface urges Herefrith, a priest, to support the letter sent to Æthelbald, King of the Mercians. He sends gifts.   173

   XLII.    Boniface thanks Cuthbert, Archbishop of Canterbury, for gifts and a letter. He indicates some matters which have been determined by him in a synod. He urges zeal. He adds a proposal about checking the pilgrimage of women to Rome. He suggests that monasteries should not be ruled through laymen, and condemns extravagance in dress.   176


  XLIII.    Some one requests Andhune to send him clothing from Friesland. He asks whether Boniface has repaired to the synod of Pippin or to Drogo.   192

   XLIV.    Boniface commends to the priest Denehard, Athalhere, a slave, about to marry.   193

    XLV.    Boniface urges all the English to pray for the conversion of the Saxons to the faith of Christ.   194

   XLVI.    Torhthelm, Bishop of Leicester, replies to Boniface. He expresses pleasure at his efforts to have the Saxons brought to the faith of Christ. He sends a gift.   196

  XLVII.    Cuthbert, Archbishop of Canterbury, writes to Lul and his companions of the death of Boniface. The day of the martyrdom will be observed in England. The writer recommends mutual prayers and imitation of Boniface.   198

 XLVIII.    Milret, Bishop of Worcester, writes to Bishop Lul concerning the death of Boniface and the love to be preserved between them.   206

INDEX.   211

[Back] [Blueprint] [Next]