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Aethelberht

(780—794) king of the East Angles


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Whose date of accession in East Anglia is given as 779, was said by Florence of Worcester to have been the son of Aethelred by Leofruna. It is not clear whether his father had been king. In 794 he was captured by Offa of Mercia and executed at Sutton in Herefordshire, presumably for leading a revolt against Mercian overlordship. A number of legends circulated, particularly that he had been treacherously slain while seeking the hand of Offa's daughter. His body was taken to Hereford for burial; he was subsequently canonized, and the cathedral took his name.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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