The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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CHAPTER XX.
HONORIUS DYING, DEUSDEDIT IS CHOSEN ARCHBISHOP OF CANTER
BURY. OF THOSE WHO WERE AT THAT TIME BISHOPS OF THE
EAST ANGLES, AND OF THE CHURCH OF ROCHESTER.

In the meantime, Felix, bishop of the East Angles, dying, when he had held that see seventeen years, Honorius ordained Thomas his deacon, of the province of the Gyrvii, in his place; and he departing this life when he had been bishop five years, Berchtgislus, surnamed Boniface, of the province of Kent, was appointed in his stead. Honorius himself also having run his course, departed this life in the year of our Lord 653, the day before the kalends of October; and when the see had been vacant a year and six months, Deusdedit, of the nation of the South Saxons, was chosen the sixth Archbishop of Canterbury. To ordain whom, Ithamar, bishop of Rochester, came thither. His ordination was on the 7th day of the kalends of April, and he ruled nine years, four months, and two days; when he also died. Ithamar consecrated in his place Damian, who was of the race of the South Saxons.


CHAPTER XXI.
HOW THE PROVINCE OF THE MIDLAND ANGLES BECAME CHRISTIAN
UNDER KING PEADA.

At this time, the Midland Angles, under their Prince Peada, the son of King Penda, received the faith and sacraments of the truth. Being an excellent youth, and most worthy of the title and person of a king, he was by his father elevated to the throne of that nation, and came

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