The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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added to his merit; because it happened on account of his pious observance of the commands of Christ. Sigbercht was succeeded in the kingdom by Suidhelm, the son of Sexbald, who was baptized by the same Cedd, in the province of the East Angles, at the king's country seat called Rendlesham, that is, Rendili Mansion; and Ethilwald, king of the same East Angles, brother to Anna, king of the same people, was his godfather.


CHAPTER XXIII.
BISHOP CEDD, HAVING A PLACE GIVEN HIM BY KING ETHILWALD,
CONSECRATES THE SAME TO OUR LORD WITH PRAYER AND FAST
ING. OF HIS DEATH.

The same man of God, whilst he was bishop among the East Saxons, was also wont several times to visit his own country, Northumberland, to make exhortations. Ethilwald, the son of King Oswald, who reigned among the Deiri, finding him a holy, wise, and good man, desired him to accept some land to build a monastery, to which the king himself might frequently resort, to offer his prayers and hear the word, and be buried in it when he died; for he believed that he should receive much benefit by the prayers of those who were to serve God in that place. The king had before with him a brother of the same bishop, called Celin, a man no less devoted to God, who, being a priest, was wont to administer to him the word and the sacraments of the faith; by whose means he chiefly came to know and love the bishop. That prelate, therefore, complying with the king's desires, chose himself a place to build a monastery among craggy and distant mountains, which looked more like lurking-places for robbers and retreats for wild beasts, than habitations for men; to the end that,

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