Æğelbeorht I OISCINGAS King of Kent (c.580-616)
Bercta (Berthe, Aldeberge) MEROVING
(Bef 560-Abt 601)
Eadbeald OISCINGAS King of Kent
(Abt 582-640)
Earcobeorht OISCINGAS King of Kent (640-664)
(Abt 624-664)


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Seaxburh WUFFINGA of East Anglia

Earcobeorht OISCINGAS King of Kent (640-664) 1

  • Born: Abt 624, Kent, England
  • Died: 14 Jul 664

   Research Notes:

King of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Kent from 640 until his death, succeeding his father Eadbald.

The Kentish Royal Legend (also known as the Mildrith legend) suggests that he was the younger son of Eadbald and Emma of Austrasia, and that his older brother Eormenred was deliberately passed over, although another possibility is that they ruled jointly.

According to Bede (HE III.8), Eorcenberht was the first king in Britain to command that pagan "idols" (cult images) be destroyed and that Lent be observed. It has been suggested that these orders may have been officially committed to writing, in the tradition of Kentish law-codes initiated by Æthelberht, but no such text survives.

After the death of Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury, Eorcenberht appointed the first Saxon archbishop, Deusdedit, in 655.

Eorcenberht was probably buried alongside his parents in the Church of St Mary, which his father had built in the precincts of the monastery of St Peter and St Paul in Canterbury, a church later incorporated within the Norman edifice of St Augustine's. 2

   Marriage Information:

Earcobeorht married Seaxburh WUFFINGA of East Anglia, daughter of Anna WUFFINGA King of the East Angles (641-653) and Saewara, Queen of East Anglia. (Seaxburh WUFFINGA of East Anglia died about 699.)


1 The Peerage, http://www.thepeerage.com/p15026.htm#i150257.

2 Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eorcenberht_of_Kent.

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