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The Church in the Dark Ages Worksheet
chapter four, pp. 218-245

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1. The day before his baptism St. Regimius asked Clovis to give the Pope a ____________ in homage.
2. In the sixth century Rome and the Pope were threatened by the ___________, a group of Barbarians originally from ___________. People in this group had long _________ and long __________. The Emperor Justinian recruited them as __________ against the ____________. The founder of their state in Italy was _____________.
3. The papacy benefitted from the _______________ nature of Italy.
4. ___________, a former _________ and ___________ of Rome, was elected Pope in 590 A.D. He turned his house into a _______________.
5. At the time of his election, Rome was three-quarters _____________ and had recently been victimized by the _________ of the Tiber and the resulting ____________.
6. Pope St. Gregory the Great greatly admired St. _____________.
7. The Popes in this time period had to assert their ____________ authority in order to guarantee their full spiritual liberty.
8. Pope St. Gregory the Great believed that the conversion of the Barbarians was the work of the ________ church.
9. In 592 A.D., Pope Pope St. Gregory the Great negotiated the withdrawal of the ___________ from Rome.
10. The Lombards converted to the Catholic faith first in ______ A.D. under Arifert, and then, conclusively, under ________ (671-88 A.D.). Italy was soon covered with ____________ and ____________.
11. Pope St. Gregory the Great’s greatest missionary task was the conversion of ______________. The story is that he first encountered their people in the _________ of Rome.
12. At the end of the sixth century Britain was occupied by three groups of Germanic invaders: the __________, ______________, and ______________.
13. __________ were sent to Britain to form spiritual ________________. This group was headed by St. ________________.
14. Rumor had it that the Angles ate their enemies’ _________ and spoke an _____________ language.
15. When the missionaries first arrived in Britain, they met the pagan King ___________ of Kent and his Catholic wife, _____________. Soon after meeting the missionaries, the king was _____________ into the Catholic Church.
16. On Christmas Day, 597 A.D., St. Augustine baptized _________ Englishmen.
17. The King of Kent have St. Augustine a palace at ______________.
18. The abbey of ____________ was founded in 610 A.D.
19. St. ______________ was a cowherd who was inspired to compose beautiful ____________. (Hint: A Christian music group is named after the saint.)
20. In 663 A.D., the _________ church agreed to submit to the spiritual authority of _______.
21. Christianity brought ________ to England, a land that had never been part of the _________ Empire.
22. After their conversion, the Anglo-Saxons directed their missionary efforts toward the __________ of Continental Europe.
23. The Anglo-Saxon missionaries were spurred on by St. __________ in the 8th century. He worked closely with the _________ leaders to ensure the safety of the missionaries. Still, he was _______ on June 5, 754 A.D.
24. By about ____ A.D. Western Europe was completely converted to the _______ faith.
25. The religion of ______ was founded in the 7th century and would cast a shadow over Europe for centuries to come.

Short Answer

1. Discuss the Christian character of Pope St. Gregory the Great.

2. Discuss the social activism of Pope St. Gregory the Great.

3. What directions did Pope St. Gregory the Great give St. Augustine about evangelizing the British?