St Augustine
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Augustine St

Sent by Pope Gregory to Kent in 597 to convert Britain to Christianity. His first success was converting king Aethelbert ( partly due to his wife Bertha already being Christian). In 598 he founded the first church in Canterbury and was the first Archbishop. He created 12 dioceses. In 603 he had instructions from the Pope to unify the two styles of Christianity - but in Rome's favour. He totally failed in this respect. Only at the synod of Whitby in 664 was this achieved to any degree.

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