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Outline your knowledge and understanding of the conversion of Constantine and its impact on the Church. In 312AD Constantine was the first of the three leaders; himself, Maxentius and Licinius, to take action in the battle for power. He went into battle against his brother-in-law Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge where he defeated Maxentius and gained control of his land. Constantine claimed to have won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge with the aid of the Christian God. There are 2 accounts of the conversion on Constantine, one in Eusebius and one by Lactantius. Lactantius’ account was written within 5 years of the battle and says that Constantine had a dream the night before the battle telling him to put the chi-rho symbol on his soldier’s shields which would make them victorious. Eusebius’ version was written about 25 years later but he claims that Constantine himself told him the information. According to him, Constantine and his army saw a vision of a cross of light with the words ‘In hoc signo vinces’ while staring into the midday sun. That night Christ came to him in a dream and commanded him to make this symbol as a safeguard in all battles. Eusebius says this happened some time before the battle. In 313AD Constantine and Licinius signed the Edict of Milan in which they granted religious tolerance to all people which allowed Christianity to be Religio Licita and saw the end of persecution within the West of the Roman Empire. Although it was made legal it was not made to be the religion of the state as all religions were allowed to exist in peace and harmony but was ‘highly beneficial for Christianity’ (Bruce). This edict cancelled out all previous edicts and so Christian persecution became illegal. The Christians were also given back all their property that had been seized in previous persecutions as well as receiving government compensation. The Edict

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