The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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THE
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
OF THE
ENGLISH NATION.

BOOK III.

CHAPTER I.
HOW KING EDWIN'S NEXT SUCCESSORS LOST BOTH THE FAITH OF
THEIR NATION AND THE KINGDOM; BUT THE MOST CHRISTIAN
KING OSWALD RETRIEVED BOTH.

Edwin being slain in battle, the kingdom of the Deiri, to which province his family belonged, and where he first began to reign, devolved on Osric, the son of his uncle Elfric, who, through the preaching of Paulinus, had also received the faith. But the kingdom of the Bernicians, for into these two provinces the nation of the Northumbrians was formerly divided, was possessed by Eanfrid, the son of Edelfrid, who derived his origin from the royal family of that province. For all the time that Edwin reigned, the sons of the aforesaid Edelfrid, who had reigned before him, with many of the nobility, lived in banishment among the Scots or Picts, and were there instructed according to the doctrine of the Scots, and received the grace of baptism. Upon the death of the king, their enemy, they returned home, and Eanfrid, as the eldest of them, mentioned above, became king of the Bernicians. Both those kings, as soon as they obtained the government of their earthly kingdoms,

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