1st western monasticist: gaul on the other hand was uncivilized, had peasant farmers scattered around the land, peasantry was pagan mainly, monks here were serious about conversion of the people and helping the countryside become. Christianity was reintroduced to europe and england after the barbarian invasions: boniface (680-755) , pope not impressed with christianity under the of charles martel, it is only there in name, english missionaries sent over, Boniface is consecrated as a bishop to the germanic lands to convert the people, founded benedictine monasteries, reformed the church, went to. Clairvaux(1090-1153), came with 30 friends, 1116 he became abbot of a daughter house at clairvaux till his death in "53, dominant figure in the. Church was dragged down with the destruction of the carolingian empire: roman states were threatened by barbarian invaders, german kings were beginning to try and elect the pope. Heirs of charlemagne elected good popes compared to those elected by.