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Unformatted text preview: Irish missionaries then spread to Frankish Gaul. About 590, St. Columbanus (530?-615) arrived at the Merovingian Guntram's Burgundy court. The latter supported his foundation of monasteries in the region. Quarrels with Brunhilde and his refusal to recognize Theuderic's illegitimate children resulted in Columbanus' expulsion from Frankish lands. He eventually arrived in Lombard Italy, where King Agilulf supported his founding of the Bobbio monastery in 615. In all of these cases, the monasteries and the Irish monks that migrated to them in increasing numbers targeted the countryside, recognizing its persevering paganism under thin Christian veneer. Soon indigenous Christians joined these same monasteries, which remained focused in Burgundy, around the Seine, and near Strasbourg for most of the seventh century. During this era, any missionary activity among Eastern Germans was still undertaken by native Gallic...
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