In this year, Pope Gregory III appointed Egbert the first archbishop of York. The creation of a northern metropolitan see to balance Canterbury’s influence had long been sought in Northumbria; part of Bede’s aim in writing the Ecclesiastical History had been to make the case for such an arrangement.
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Ahern, Eoghan. "The founding of the Archbishopric of York, with Ecgbert as Archbishop". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2016
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