Thursday, August 09, 2007

Synod of Whitby

Don't know anything about the Synod of Whitby (664*)? Heavenfield has a nice summary and commentary on it. If that's not enough Whitbylicousness to satisfy you, try the page or find out what the Catholics say about it vs. what the Anglicans say about it.

Of course, even better is to read Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation** and watch Bede get worked up into a froth over the date of Easter.

*Note the comments below; in the original post, I got distracted and meant to type the phrase "(in 664 -- as Heavenfield points out, 1343 years ago)" but instead just typed 1343 as if it happened in A.D. 1343. This would have made Bede's Ecclesiastical History a miracle of time travel.
**I know it's translated "Ecclesiastical History of the English People" in the linked Penguin edition, but what's the use of being a medieval lit professor if I can't get all persnickety about such issues?


  1. Hmm... The Anglican website demonstrates a distressing fondness for pink. I'm sure it's not the liturgially correct shade of pink, either

  2. Scott -- I've never heard of a Synod of Whitby in 1343, but there was an important one in 664 ... :-)

  3. You've never heard of the Synod of Whitby in 1343? What sort of fool are you?! The 1343 Synod was the one famous for Bede's time-traveling, when he arrived from the distant past in order to take notes for the Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Version 2.0. The main subject of contention had to do with whether one could escape one's sins by time-traveling to a time before they had happened.

    Feh ... I meant 1343 YEARS ago, is in the Heavenfield post. I'll change it after everyone gets a chance at their chortle.