HOW THE VENERABLE SUIDBERCHT IN BRITAIN, AND WILBROD AT
ROME, WERE ORDAINED BISHOPS FOR FRISELAND.
At their first coming into Friseland, as soon as Wilbrod found he had leave given him by the prince to preach, he made haste to Rome, Pope Sergius then presiding over the apostolical see, that he might undertake the desired work of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, with his license and blessing; and hoping to receive of him some relics of the blessed apostles and martyrs of Christ; to the end, that when he destroyed the idols, and erected churches in the nation to which he preached, he might have the relics of saints at hand to put into them, and having deposited them there, might accordingly dedicate those places to the honour of each of the saints whose the relics were. He was also desirous there to learn or to receive from thence many other things which so great a work required. Having obtained all that he wanted, he returned to preach. At which time, the brothers who were in Friseland, attending the ministry of the word, chose out of their own number a man, modest of behaviour, and meek of heart, called Suidbercht, to be ordained bishop for them. He, being sent into Britain, was consecrated by the most reverend bishop Wilfrid, who happening to be then driven out of his country, lived in banishment among the Mercians; for Kent had no bishop at that time, Theodore being dead, and Berchtwald, his successor, who was gone beyond the sea, to be ordained, not having returned. The said Suidbercht being made bishop, returned from Britain not long after, and went among the Boructuarians; and by his preaching brought many of them into the way of truth; but the Boructuarians being not long after subdued by the ancient Saxons, those who had received the word were dispersed abroad; and the