The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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CHAPTER V.
OF THE DEATH OF THE KINGS OSWY AND EGBERCHT, AND OF THE
SYNOD HELD AT HEORUTFORD, IN WHICH ARCHBISHOP THEO
DORE PRESIDED.

In the year of the incarnation of our Lord 670, being the second year after Theodore arrived in England, Oswy, king of the Northumbrians, fell sick and died, in the fifty- eighth year of his age. He at that time bore so great affection to the Roman apostolical institution, that had he recovered of his sickness, he had designed to go to Rome, and there to end his days at the holy places, having entreated Bishop Wilfrid, by the promise of a considerable donation in money, to conduct him on his journey. He died on the 14th of the kalends of March, leaving his son Ecgfrid his successor in the kingdom. In the third year of his reign, Theodore assembled a synod of bishops, and many other teachers of the Church, who loved and were acquainted with the canonical statutes of the fathers. When they were met together, he began, as became a prelate, to enjoin the observation of such things. as were agreeable to the unity of the peace of the Church. The purport of which synodical proceedings is as follows:—

"In the name of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who reigns for ever and for ever, and governs his Church, it was thought meet that we should assemble, according to the custom of the venerable canons, to treat about the necessary affairs of the Church. We met on the 24th day of September, the first indiction, at the place called Heorutford, myself, Theodore, the unworthy bishop of the see of Canterbury, appointed by the Apostolic See, our fellow priest and most reverend brother, Bisi, bishop of the East Angles; also by his proxies, our brother and fellow priest, Wilfrid, bishop of the nation of the Northumbrians, as also

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