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Hertford, Synod of

Hertford, Synod of, 672. Convened by Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury, to reorganize the church following the Synod of Whitby (664), when Celtic Christianity gave way to Roman traditions, the synod was the first general assembly representing the whole English church. The Roman dating of Easter was affirmed. The precedence of one bishop over another was determined by seniority of consecration. Bishops' activities were confined to their own dioceses and monasteries exempted from episcopal interference. Monks and clergy were forbidden to travel without permission from their superiors. Pronouncements on marriage included the forbidding of incest and divorce, except for adultery. Theodore wanted to increase the number of bishops, dividing the larger dioceses, but as no decision was reached, he was doubtless opposed. It was agreed that annual meetings would take place at the unidentified Clofesho.

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