A Saxon monk from childhood, Boniface gained renown as an outstanding teacher in his native Wessex. He left Wessex and settled monastic life to work as a missionary on the continent. Deeply attached to Rome, he served four popes and for more than thirty years laboured to convert pagans and correct Christians. He established new bishoprics and many monasteries and forged important ties with leading warlords as well as with churchmen. He died in Frisia a martyr.