Publication Date

5-2009

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

Major Advisor

Charles Matson Odahl, Ph.D.

Advisor

Peter Buhler, Ph.D.

Advisor

Lisa McClain, Ph.D.

Abstract

Following the Easter celebrations of AD 664, Oswiu, the Northumbrian Breatwalda, called a mixed body of representatives from the Bernician and Deirian royal households and Roman and Irish Catholic ecclesiastical leaders to convene a church council at Whitby Abbey, on the mouth of the river Esk. His intent was simple: to put to rest a fiery dispute over the day upon which Christ’s resurrection was to be observed and bring peace to his household and to Northumbria. He entrusted the defense of his own church, the Irish, to his bishop, Colman of Lindisfarne. Agilbert, bishop of the West Saxons, was to defend the Roman Church, but the task fell, instead, to the Anglo-Saxon priest, Wilfrid.

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