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St BONIFACE-OF-MAINZ

Christian Saint

Also known as WINFRID, WYNFRITH

Patron Saint of Beer Brewers and Brewing, also Tailors and Suit Makers

Archbishop with axe. Born in Crediton, Devonshire, England he became a missionary and went to convert the pagans in Friseland (now Holland).

He was called to Rome — then crossed the Alps and was active in Bavaria, Friseland and Saxony. On one celebrated occasion he found a Saxon tribe worshipping a Norse God in the form of a gigantic oak tree.

Without a word he took up his axe and chopped the tree down. "My God is stronger than yours," he said. Although what he really meant was ‘My God has a bigger axe.’

A zillion pagan conversions later he was back at Rome and then off to Hesse and Mentz and hither and thither and back yet again to Friseland... where it seem the unbelievers were fed up with the sight of him and attacked his tent and killed him and the servants who tried to protect him. He should have stayed in Mainz.

St BONIFACE-OF-MAINZ FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : BONIFACE-OF-MAINZ
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : saint
In charge of :
Celebration or Feast Day : June 5th
Birth and Death Dates : 690-755
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : WINFRID, WYNFRITH
Popularity index : 221

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Article last updated on 15 April 2009 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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