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RESPONSE PAPER 3 The Conversion of Clovis Every Christian text we’ve read so far this semester was written with the intent of converting people, and there’s no reason to believe that these accounts of the conversion of Clovis are any different. Because Christianity was at this point still relatively young, its main priority was to covert as many as possible as quickly as possible. This was the overarching reason for martyrs such as St. Perpetua, polemics such as St. Augustin’s “City of God,” and narratives of conversions of high profile figures such as King Clovis. It should be noted that at this point in time, the western empire was in a precarious position. Because cities in the west began losing attention and consequently power, Christianity, being a religion of cities, lost power there, as well. It was the conversion of Clovis that helped Christianity regain its strong foothold in the west, so in that sense, it was an extremely important political conversion.
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Unformatted text preview: It would be unwise, however, to forget the other implications of this event. Certainly, Christianity again had an important leader on its side, but it could also use the story of this leader’s conversion to turn others to their religion. Clovis was, after all, a pagan barbarian before he converted, and this was the sort of people that Christians sought to convert. By documenting Clovis’ conversion multiple times, Christians created an example for barbarians of one of their kind—an extraordinary important one, nonetheless—who changed his views. It’s no coincidence, then, that Clothilda’s arguments against paganism are so cleverly weaved into the accounts, or that the Holy Trinity is so explicitly mentioned in both texts. Each author clearly understood his audience and his aim, and accordingly selected the appropriate details of the event to recount....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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