Aethelbert I (Kent) of Kent

Aethelbert (Kent) of Kent (aft. 0550 - 0616)

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Aethelbert (Aethelbert I) "King of Kent" of Kent formerly Kent
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Biography: Æthelberht (c. 560 – 24 February 616) was King of Kent from about 589 until his death. The eighth-century monk Bede, in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, lists him as the third king to hold imperium over other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. In the late ninth century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle he is referred to as a bretwalda, or "Britain-ruler". He was the first English king to convert to Christianity. King Æthelberht of Kent granted permission to the first Bishop of Rochester, Justus to establish a church dedicated to Andrew the Apostle (like the monastery at Rome where Augustine and Justus had set out for England) on the site of the present cathedral, which was made the seat of a bishopric. The cathedral was to be served by a college of secular priests and was endowed with land near the city called Priestfields. King Æthelberht of Kent is commemorated by a statue in Rochester Cathedral.

Aethelberht I, King of Kent (after 550 - 24 Feb 616)[1]

bur. Church of St Peter and St Paul, Canterbury[2]


Father: Eormenric, King of Kent[3]

Mother: UNKNOWN[4]


m.1 Berta of the Franks.[5] Issue: 2

  • Aethelberg (Tate) (590 - after 633)
  • Eadbald (d. 20 Jan 640)

m.2 (after 601) UNKNOWN (d. after 618). No issue.[6]

This woman's 2nd husband was her step-son, Eadbald.


MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley © Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley 2000-2018.

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