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(d. 809)
  • T. M. Charles-Edwards


Elfoddw (d. 809), archbishop of Gwynedd, is known for three things. First, in 768, he is said by the Annales Cambriae to have brought about the adherence of the Britons to the Roman method of calculating Easter. He is there described as 'a man of God' which implies that the annalist perceived him as saintly, and perhaps also, though less certainly, that his reputation for holiness played some part in persuading the Britons to abandon their traditional paschal cycle. This is the last known change from the customs adopted by the Britons, probably in the fifth century, which they had spread to the Irish, and which were then handed on by the Irish to the Picts and the Northumbrians. It is not known, however, when the Bretons and Cornishmen adopted the Roman Easter. The change brought about by ...

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