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The Irish mission to Northumbria

The end of the Roman world was marked by two kinds of movements: that of peoples, and that of Christianity. The movement of peoples changed the political map. Meanwhile the expansion of Christianity from the Mediterranean to north-west Europe changed the religious and cultural map, bringing the 'barbarian' peoples of western Europe into the Latin Christian orbit.

North-east England had been peripheral to the late Roman Empire in the most literal sense. The line of Hadrian?s Wall, which marked its northern frontier, runs from Wallsend along the Whin Sill north of Hexham to the Solway Firth. But in the post-Roman world, Northumbria became a centre of the new Christian civilisation, producing outstanding churchmen, artists and scholars.

Words: Dr Clare Stancliffe More...

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