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in Berkshire, Part 1: Birinus meets the King of
- The Saxons were all
pagans when they
first settled in Berkshire.
- The Pope lived in Rome in Italy. He was in charge of all the Roman
Catholic Christians. He wanted the Saxons in England to be Christian
too. So he sent
bishops there. One was called Birinus.
- Birinus was supposed to go to a kingdom called Mercia in the
Midlands. However, he found that the Gewisse
people of Wessex were all pagans
too. So he stopped there instead and started telling everyone about
Jesus and the Bible.
- He went to see the King of Wessex called Cynegils. He was probably living at
his palace in Cholsey, near Wallingford, in Berkshire. The King listened to Birinus and
said he could preach to his people at Churn Knob in Blewbury.
- The Knob is an old pagan burial mound on the Berkshire Downs. The
King thought it would work magic on Birinus and his people would not
be interested in Christianity. After listening to him though, the people wanted to become
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