Among prelates in attendance was St. [[Wilfrid
of York]] (634-710), who was chief spokesman for the southern, Roman, church. It is his biography, written long after the events it purports to describe, that is the only surviving source for the Synod.
The Synod of Whitby constituted a milestone in the history of the Church in Britain, since delegates from the North and the South came together to debate the future of the church in Northumbria. The actual matters in dispute were fairly minor, the main controversies being over how to calculate the date of [[Pascha]], and what style of [[tonsure]] [[clergy|clerics]] should wear. However, whichever side was acknowledged as having authority to rule on these matters would also decide whether the Celtic or the Roman customs would have ascendency over the whole North of England. The matter came to a head one spring when the king, who followed the Celtic practice, was feasting at Pascha, while the queen, who followed Roman practice, was still [[fasting]] for [[Lent]].
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