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Church of England,
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or Ecclesia Anglicana, was founded in 597 by Augustine of Canterbury, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory the Great, among the Anglo-Saxon tribes (Anglo-Saxons). Both Celtic and Roman missionaries participated in the evangelization of the English, but after the Synod of Whitby in 664 the new Church accepted the Roman obedience, in which it remained until 1534. The Anglo-Saxon Church is the oldest common institution of the whole English people (cf. Anglican Church). It was always closely tied to the secular rulers, and after England was united in the 10th century,…

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Bray, Gerald, “Church of England,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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