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Aldwulf


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Succeeded to the East Anglian throne c.663, but is not easy to identify. Bede, whose early years were spent during Aldwulf's reign, noted that his mother was Hereswith, a sister of Hild, who became abbess of Whitby; that would make her the daughter of Herewith of Deira, a nephew of both Edwin of Deira and Aethelwald of East Anglia. One source gives his father as Aethelric, son of Eni, and a brother of king Anna: another says that his father was Aethelhere. The first East Anglian coins were minted during his reign, but politically East Anglia seems to have remained under Mercian influence. He died in 713 after a reign of fifty years.

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