It is known that in the 6th-8th centuries the baptism of Western Europe came from two centers – Rome and Ireland. Why did it happen? Why were the missionaries of these countries often at odds with each other? Why didn’t Ireland play the role of a cultural center in the 9th century, as in previous centuries?
For a long time Ireland retained many of the customs of the Orthodox Church (modeled on Constantinople), defending its independence from Rome. But in the 9th century, Viking raids ravaged Ireland, and she soon succumbed to Catholic influence.
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