The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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THE
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
OF THE
ENGLISH NATION.

BOOK IV.

CHAPTER I.
DEUSDEDIT, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, DYING, WIGHARD WAS
SENT TO ROME TO SUCCEED HIM IN THAT DIGNITY; BUT HE
DYING THERE, THEODORE WAS ORDAINED ARCHBISHOP, AND
SENT INTO BRITAIN WITH THE ABBOT ADRIAN.

In the above-mentioned year of the aforesaid eclipse, which was presently followed, by the pestilence, in which also Bishop Colman, being overcome by the unanimous consent of the Catholics, returned home, Deusdedit, the sixth bishop of the church of Canterbury, died on the day before the ides of July. Ercofibert, also, king of Kent, departed this life the same month and day; leaving his kingdom to his son Egbercht, which he held nine years. The see then became vacant for some considerable time, until the priest Wighard, a man skilled in ecclesiastical discipline, of the English was sent to Rome by the said king Egbercht, and Oswy, king of the Northumbrians, as was briefly mentioned in the foregoing book, with a request that he might be ordained bishop of the church of England; sending at the same time presents

a. d. 664.

-193-

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