Reform and the Merovingian Church
in Religious Franks
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This chapter reinforces the challenges that have already been made to the model of a Merovingian Church in almost constant need of reform, which derives above all from Gregory the Great, Jonas of Bobbio and Boniface. In particular, it stresses how unreliable Jonas is as a guide to understanding the ecclesiastical history of the Merovingian period. The chapter shows that the heirs of Columbanus and the circle of Boniface rather overemphasised what was wrong with the previous regime: the rhetoric of reform automatically involves the denigration of what has gone before. The extent to which the Anglo-Saxon missionary and his followers really marked a new departure has been the subject of discussion ever since Eugen Ewig published his groundbreaking 'Milo et eiusmodi similes'.

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