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Eadbald of Kent Jesse Russell

Eadbald of Kent

Jesse Russell

Published May 28th 2012
ISBN : 9785510528688
Paperback
108 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Eadbald (Old English: adbald) was King of Kent from 616 until his death in 640. He was the son of King thelberht and his wife Bertha, a daughter of the Merovingian king Charibert. thelberht made Kent theMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Eadbald (Old English: adbald) was King of Kent from 616 until his death in 640. He was the son of King thelberht and his wife Bertha, a daughter of the Merovingian king Charibert. thelberht made Kent the dominant force in England during his reign and became the first Anglo-Saxon king to convert to Christianity from Anglo-Saxon paganism. Eadbalds accession was a significant setback for the growth of the church, since he retained his indigenous paganism and did not convert to Christianity for at least a year, and perhaps for as much as eight years. He was ultimately converted by either Laurentius or Justus, and separated from his first wife, who had been his stepmother, at the insistence of the church. Eadbalds second wife was Emma, who may have been a Frankish princess. She bore him two sons, Eormenred and Eorcenberht, and a daughter, Eanswith.