De episcopis Merciorum. Capitulum quinquagesimum quintum.
Willelmus. Here take hede þat as þe kyngdom of Mercia was alwey grettest for þe tyme, so it was i-deled in mo bisshopriches, and*. [and of, MS. (not α. or Cx.)] specialliche by grete herte of kyng Offa, þat*. [whiche, Cx.] was fourty ȝere kyng of Mercia. He chaunged þe archebisshoppes see from Caunterbury to Lychfelde*. [Liȝchefeld, α.] by assent of Adrian þe pope. Þan þe prouince of Mercia and of Lindiffare*. [Lydefar, Cx.] in þe firste bygynnynge of here Cristendom in kyng Wulfrans tyme hadde oon bisshop atte Lichefelde. Þe firste bisshoppe þat was þere heet Dwyna; þe secounde heet Celath; and were boþe Scottes. After hem þe þridde Trumphere; þe ferþe heet Iarminannus;*. [So MS. corruptly; Germuannus, Cx.] þe fifte Chedde. But in Ethelfredes*. [Edelfredes, Cx.] tyme, þat was Wolfer his broþer, whanne Chedde was dede, Theodorus þe archebisshop ordeyned [Wynfrede, Cheddes dekene. Neuerþeles he put hym doun*. [apud Hymdoun, α.; apud Hyn|don, Cx.] after þat, for he was vnbuxum in som poynt, and*. [So α; he, Cx.] ordeynede þere Sexwulf abbot of Medhamstede, þat hatte Burgh. But after Sexwulf his ferþe ȝere Theodorus þe archebisshop ordeyned]*. [Added from α. and Cx.] fyue bisshoppes in þe prouince of Page 129, vol.2 Mercia. And so he ordeyned Bosel at Wircetre, Cudwyn at Lichefelde, þe forseide Sexwulf at Chestre, Ethelwyn*. [Edelwyn, Cx.] at Lyndeseie at þe citee Sidenia. And he took Eata, monk of þe abbay of Hilde at Whitby, and made hym bisshop of Dorchestre þat longed to Mercia*. [þat longed to Mercia] om. α. and Cx.] bysides Oxenforde. Þo þis Dorchestre heet Dorkynge, and so þe see of Dorchestre þat [longed to West Saxon in Seynt Byrynes time],*. [Added from Cx.] longed to Mercia from Þeodorus*. [Thedorus, α.] þe archebisshoppes tyme. Also when Ethelberd,*. [Ethelred, α., Cx.] kyng of Mercia, hadde destroyed Kent, þe*. [this, β., Cx.] bisshop Sexwulf took Pictas, bisshop of Rouchestre, þat come out of Kent, and made hym first bisshop of Herforde.*. [Rouchestre Herforde, MS. The former word is very slightly ex|puncted in α., which would lead us to suspect, as do many other things, that the standard MS. may have been copied from α., or that both are copies of the same MS. The text of β. and Cx. is correct.] At þe laste, whan Sexwulf was dede, Hedda was bisshop of Lichefelde after hym; and Wilfrede flemede oute of North|umberlonde was bisshop at*. [of, β., Cx.] Chestre. Noþeles after two ȝere Alfred kyng of Norþhumberlond deide, and Wilfrede tornede aȝen*. [aȝe, α.] to his owne see of Haugustalden. And so Hedda hylde*. [hulde, α.] boþe bisshopriches of Lichefelde and of Ches|tre. After him*. [hem, MS. (not α., β. or Cx.)] come Albyne, þat heet Wor also. And Page 131, vol.2 after hym come the*. [þre, α.] bisshoppis Torta at Chestre, Witta at Lichefelde, and Eata was ȝit at Dorchestre. After his deth bisshoppes of Lyndeseye helde his*. [the, Cx.] see þre hondred ȝere and foure and fifty, for to Remigius chaungede þe see to Lyncolne by leue of þe firste kyng William: but in kyng Edgar his tyme bisshop*. [bishop of, MS. (not α. or Cx.)] Leofwynus ioynede boþe bisshopriches [to gideres]*. [Added from α. and Cx.] of Chestre and of*. [of] om. α.] Lyndeseie,*. [Lyndefare, α.] while his lif durede.