The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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nation of the Deiri; and Eata over that of the Bernicians; the latter having his see in the city of York, the former in the church, of Hagulstad, or Lindisfarn; both of them promoted to the episcopal dignity from a society of monks. With them also was Edhed ordained bishop in the province of Lindsey, which King Ecgfrid had but newly subdued, having overcome and vanquished Wulfhere, and this was the first bishop of its own which that province had; the second was Edilwin; the third Eadgar; the fourth Cymbercht; who is there at present. Before Edhed, Sexwulf was bishop as well of that province, as of the Mercians and Midland Angles; so that when expelled from Lindsey, he continued in the government of those provinces. Edhed, Bosa, and Eata were ordained at York by Archbishop Theodore; who also, three years after the departure of Wilfrid, added two bishops to their number, Trumbercht in the church of Hagulstad, Eata still continuing in that of Lindisfarn; and Trumwine in the province of the Picts, which at that time was subject to the English. Edhed returning from Lindsey, because Ethilred had recovered that province, was placed by him over the church of Rhipe.


CHAPTER XIII.
BISHOP WILFRID CONVERTED THE PROVINCE OF THE SOUTH
SAXONS TO CHRIST.

Wilfrid, being expelled from his bishopric, and having travelled in several parts, went to Rome, and returned to Britain; and though he could not, by reason of the enmity of the aforesaid king, be received into his own country or diocese, yet he could not be restrained from preaching the gospel; for taking his way into the province of the South Saxons, which extends from Kent on the west and south, as far as the West Saxons, and contains land of 7000

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