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Did you know that it was at a great council in Londesborough in 627 that Edwin, King of Northumbria, was persuaded to adopt Christianity and throw off his previous pagan views? According to Bede Edwin’s high priest, Coifi, spoke in favour of the new religion; and Paulinus explained its principal tenets. The council either took place at the King’s summer encampment, or his royal palace. When Edwin chose to become Christian the nearby temple at Goodmanham was immediately burned.

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