A few recent authors, no doubt troubled by this connection, speculate that Easter is derived from a misspelling of the Latin hebdomada alba or albae, the white garments worn during the service. One author flatly claims that Bede was wrong and no such goddess is known in the mythologies of any Germanic tribe. It is unlikely that Bede was wrong. He was unusually thorough and scholarly for his time, and he had access to both enormous libraries and the great minds of the church.