Gregory the Great and the Pagan Shrines of Kent

  title={Gregory the Great and the Pagan Shrines of Kent},
  author={George E. Demacopoulos},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={353 - 369}
This study challenges the prevailing scholarly opinion that pope Gregory I’s instruction to transform the pagan shrines of Kent into Christian churches was a direct countermand to his earlier missive that the shrines should be destroyed. By exploring Gregory’s multi-faceted understanding of conversion and considering the depth and nuance of his pastoral strategies, it argues that the initial letter to Ethelbert, king of Kent, identified the destruction of shrines as an example of the type of… Expand
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