When Oswy returns, he acknowledges Elfleda as his and summons every thane in Northumbria to a Witan. With Abbot Finan by his side, Oswy makes a deal with God.
Oswy vows to meet Penda in open battle, and calls on God for victory against Woden. In exchange, Oswy pledges my precious babe to the church as a consecrated virgin to serve God forever. Please take her, I beg God. Keep Elfleda safe.
Oswy bargains with God as he would with a king.
“Not only will I give you my daughter,” he says, “but twelve of my estates, where I will build monasteries to serve you in perpetuity.”
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