at the Synod of
- In the mid-7th century, there
were two types of Christianity in Britain:
- The British, the
Scots and the
Irish practiced 'Celtic Christianity'. Irish monks had also made this
popular in Saxon Northumbria.
- Most of the Saxons practiced
'Roman Christianity' as used in Europe and by the Pope in
- Roman and Celtic Christianity
were slightly different. They celebrated Easter at different
- This caused a big argument;
especially in Northumbria where
King Oswiu and his wife (from Kent)
on opposite sides.
- A bishop from Northumbria, named
St. Wilfred, went to
France and learnt all about Roman Christianity. On his return, he made a
big fuss and
said everyone must stop doing things the Celtic way.
- Eventually, in AD 664, King Oswiu decided to
call a big meeting of churchmen, called a 'synod', at Whitby
- St. Wilfred argued against St.
Colman, the Bishop of Lindisfarne and he won. All the Saxons
took up Roman Christianity.