breathed out his soul without any sense or pain. A stone coffin having been provided for burying his body, when they came to lay it in the same, they found his body a span longer than the coffin. Hereupon they hewed away the stone, and made the coffin about two fingers longer; but neither would it then contain the body. Under this difficulty of entombing him, they had thoughts either to get another coffin, or else to shorten the body, by bending it at the knees, if they could. But a wonderful event, caused by Providence, prevented the execution of either of those designs; for on a sudden, in the presence of the bishop, and Sighard, the son of the king who had turned monk, and who reigned after him jointly with his brother Suefred, and of a considerable number of men, that same coffin was found to answer the length of the body, insomuch that a pillow might also be put in at the head; and at the feet the coffin was four fingers longer than the body. He was buried in the church of the blessed Apostle of the Gentiles, by whose instructions he had learned to hope for heavenly things.
HAEDDI SUCCEEDS LEUTHERIUS IN THE BISHOPRIC OF THE WEST
SAXONS; QUICHELM SUCCEEDS PUTTA IN THAT OF ROCHESTER,
AND IS HIMSELF SUCCEEDED BY GEBMUND; AND WHO WERE
THEN BISHOPS OF THE NORTHUMBRIANS.
Leutherius was the fourth bishop of the West Saxons; for Birinus was the first, Agilbert the second, and Wini the third. When Cenwalh, in whose reign the said Leutherius was made bishop, died, his under rulers took upon them the kingdom of the people, and dividing it among themselves, held it ten years; and
a. d. 673.