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The Council of Hertford was a synod of the Christian Church in England held in 673[1]. It was convened at Hertford by Theodore of Tarsus, archbishop of Canterbury. It is considered to mark the point at which the province of Canterbury became a unit of Church organization, for the English bishops[2].

Besides Theodore, there were four other bishops present: Leuthere of Wessex, Putta of Rochester, Bifus of East Anglia and Winfrith of Mercia. A fifth bishop, Wilfrid of Northumbria, sent proctors to represent him. Some organizational changes were agreed to, including the subdivision of Mercia[3].

The Council confirmed the adoption of the Roman Catholic practices[4] (see synod of Whitby), and ruled against divorce in most cases.

References

  • Cyril Heath (1971), The First Unity, The Story of the Synod of Hertford, A.D. 673

Notes

  1. ^ Mention in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle[1].
  2. ^ Church Society - Issues - History - Synod of Hertford
  3. ^ Archaeological Study Tours by Archaeology in Europe
  4. ^ http://christianimagelibrary.com/stock_image_ar.php?encyc_id=8018&img_id=79018&action=encyclopedia

The Council of Hertford was a synod of the Christian Church in England held in 673[1]. It was convened at Hertford by Theodore of Tarsus, archbishop of Canterbury. It is considered to mark the point at which the province of Canterbury became a unit of Church organization, for the English bishops[2].

Besides Theodore, there were four other bishops present: Leuthere of Wessex, Putta of Rochester, Bifus of East Anglia and Winfrith of Mercia. A fifth bishop, Wilfrid of Northumbria, sent proctors to represent him. Some organizational changes were agreed to, including the subdivision of Mercia[3].

The Council confirmed the adoption of the Roman Catholic practices[4] (see synod of Whitby), and ruled against divorce in most cases.

References

  • Cyril Heath (1971), The First Unity, The Story of the Synod of Hertford, A.D. 673

Notes

  1. ^ Mention in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle[1].
  2. ^ Church Society - Issues - History - Synod of Hertford
  3. ^ Archaeological Study Tours by Archaeology in Europe
  4. ^ http://christianimagelibrary.com/stock_image_ar.php?encyc_id=8018&img_id=79018&action=encyclopedia
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