|Death: ||Jan. 20|
King of Kent . He was the son of Aethelbert I of Kent and his wife, Bertha, the daughter of King Caribert I of Paris. He was still a pagan when he succeeded to his father's throne in AD 616, despite the conversion of the latter to Christianity, along with a large portion of the Royal Court, nineteen years before. In accordance with pre-Christian tradition, therefore, he immediately married his father's widow, a lady of unknown name whom King Aethelbert had married sometime after Bertha's death in AD 612. Soon, under the influence of Archbishop Laurence of Canterbury, he converted to Christianity. During Edbald's reign, Kent lost some ground to the other southern Saxon kingdoms, but he managed to preserve Kent's independence. By his step-mother, Edbald had one daughter, Mildred. He later married Emma (or Ymme) the daughter of the Merovingian King Theudebert II of Austrasia. She bore him, Ermenred and the King's eventual successor, Erconbert, as well as St. Enswith.
St Augustine Abbey (ruins)
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Record added: Aug 19, 2007
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