With Talorc as their guide, the party arrives at Hwītmynster Abbey Saturday, May 3rd, although Talorc himself stays behind among some old ruins north of Oswestry called Caer Ogyrfan. The Synod of Hwītmynster will take place at the arrival of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop Agilbert of Dorchester. Agilbert is a Frankish-speaking advocate of Roman authority who has recently begun to eject Celtic Abbots and Bishops from their positions and replace them with hand-picked clergy of his choosing.
This is the day before the royal wedding between King Wulfhere of Mercia and his bride, Princess Devona of the Pictish Kingdom of Waerteras. The following Thursday will be the Feast of the Ascension, and the Synod is scheduled to begin anytime between Tuesday and Thursday.