Eanflæd had a significant influence on King Oswiu who reigned until 670. From the point of view of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to Christianity, one of the most significant events was brought about by Eanflæd, or at least she had a significant impact on its outcome. This was the Synod of Whitby in 664, where it was debated whether the church should follow the “Celtic” traditions of Iona and Ireland, or the Roman traditions brought over by St Augustine when he came to convert the Kingdom of Kent in 597. A very tangible (but not the only) difference between the two traditions was the date of Easter. This frequently meant that Queen Eanflæd, who followed the Roman rite, was still in Lent when her husband, who followed the Celtic rite, was celebrating Easter. After lengthy and sometimes difficult debate, the King eventually decided in favour of adopting the Roman rite, contrary to his whole upbringing and practice up to that point. Though the historical account is silent on the matter, one can’t help feeling that Eanflæd may have had a lot to do with this.