Saint Boniface

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Birthplace: Crediton, Devon, England
Death: June 5, 754
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Brother of Wuna

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About Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface (Latin: Bonifacius) (c. 7th century – 5 June 754), the Apostle of the Germans, born Winfrid, Wynfrith, or Wynfryth in the kingdom of Wessex, probably at Crediton (now in Devon, England), was a missionary who propagated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He is the patron saint of Germany and the first archbishop of Mainz. He was killed in Frisia in 754, along with 52 others. His remains were returned to Fulda, where they rest in a sarcophagus which became a site of pilgrimage.

Some traditions credit Saint Boniface with the invention of the Christmas tree. The vitae mention nothing of the sort. However, it is mentioned on a BBC-Devon website, in an account which places Geismar in Bavaria,[27] and in a number of educational books, including St. Boniface and the Little Fir Tree,[28] The Brightest Star of All: Christmas Stories for the Family,[29] The American normal readers.[30] and a short story by Henry van Dyke, "The First Christmas Tree".[31] Sources and writings

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June 5, 754
Crediton, Devon, England