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Britain, Early Church
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Christianity reached Britain when it was still a Roman province, perhaps in the 2nd century ce. By the 4th century, the British church had a martyr, Alban, of whom we know only little. The careers of Fastidius and Pelagius testify to the growing vitality of this church. Pelagius came to Rome around 400. By then, the British church had an episcopacy, though there are no indications that there was a parochial system or that the majority of Britons were Christians. In the late 4th and early 5th centuries, Britain became …

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Johnston, Elva, “Britain, Early Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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