I am a Pisces. How does that make you feel? To some that makes me a dreamer, indecisive, creative and lazy. To others - a nutter who believes in mumbo jumbo.
Oswiu will probably be remembered for fixing the date of Easter. (See my book Crushed for this topic.) The Christianity in England during the seventh century was of the Celtic variety and this was the way the Northumbrians liked it. Oswiu, being a true politician, realised that Rome had the most influence and decided to call the synod of Whitby to declare that Northumbria would fall in line with the pope in Rome. His people, including his Kentish wife, were not a bit happy with this. But he knew which side his bread was buttered. From then on, the rest of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms followed suit. Until a big guy called Henry VIII changed everything, that is. But even he kept the dates of Easter the same as Rome.
So if the King of Northumbria had been as good a Christian as his brother, instead of being a manipulative, scheming weasel, 15 February would be Saint Oswiu's Day. As it is, the 15 February is simply the anniversary of his death.
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