Ecgbert I, king of Kent – sees a Pillar of light and splendid globe in 664AD
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Symeon of Durham, Opera et Collectanea, Vol. 1 (Durham: Andrews and Co., 1868)
In the dead of night there appeared from God a glittering pillar of light shining over the hall of the king's [Ecgbert I, king of Kent] palace, which by its unwonted illumination aroused many of the king's household; and they in their great astonishment uttering loud cries, the king was awakened, and, ignorant of what had occurred, arose from his bed, and set out to go to the hymns of matins while it was yet night. On leaving the house, he saw a globe of extraordinary splendor burning with a white flame, the origin of which proceeded from the aforesaid wonderful seat of light. [...]"